Urban Lab Department of Biological Sciences and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University

4400 Fifth Ave Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh PA 15213


Training Opportunities in Olfaction and Computational Neuroscience

Urban Lab Projects: (e-mail Dr. Urban nurban@cmu.edu for more details)

Projects may involve in vitro whole cell recording, fluorescence imaging of calcium transients, multiunit recording from anaesthetized mice, MEG recording of human subjects, studies of olfactory behavior in mice, computer simulations. 

  • Physiological investigations of the circuitry of the mammalian main and accessory olfactory bulb.
  • Dendritic integration in the main and accessory olfactory bulb.
  • Experience-dependent changes in olfactory bulb circuitry.
  • Simulations of lateral inhibition in the olfactory bulb.
  • Computational and physiological mechanisms of oscillations and synchrony in the olfactory system.
  • Neural mechanisms of decision making.

Programs and Funding

Graduate students
I am affiliated with the following PhD programs

Students in any of these graduate programs can rotate in or do PhD work in my lab. 

Undergrads wanting a summer research experience work in my lab through participating in the following summer programs, or just by contacting me.

Undergrads wanting information on neuroscience coursework can look at the biology department website


Our work involves interactions with a number of collaborators, including: