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


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Our lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and is located in the Mellon Institute.   We are affiliated with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at CMU and the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP).  We work in the areas of cell and synaptic physiology, computational neuroscience, especially computational olfaction, and on the understanding of mechanisms of synchronous oscillations in networks of neurons.

In addition to his research, Dr. Urban also teaches the Biology Department courses, Cellular Neuroscience and Advanced Cellular Neuroscience and participates in a number of other courses at CMU and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Urban also is co-director of the Program in Neural Computation (PNC) - a Ph.D. program of the CNBC.

Our lab in the Mellon Institute is not easy to find without directions.

Work in the lab focuses on understanding the physiological mechansms underilying the functional and computational properties brain neuronal networks, with the main focus being the olfactory system.  In particular, we are interested in how the physiological properties of cells and synapses in the olfactory system give rise to the functional circuits that transform the representations of olfactory stimuli.