Center for Plant Cell Biology


Maksim BazhenovMaksim Bazhenov


Mailing Address:

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Genomics Building /1207H
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4370
Fax: (951) 827-3087
Email: maksim.bazhenov@ucr.edu



PhD 1994 Nizhni Novgorod State University, Russia
BSc 1989 Nizhni Novgorod State University, Russia

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Plant Cell Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Large-scale Modeling of Neural Networks; Information Coding in the Olfactory System; Sleep Rhythms; Trauma-induced Epileptogenesis; Role of Neuronal Plasticity in Memory and Learning

Awards / Honors:

1989  Masters Degree with Honors, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia
1990  Extraordinary Young Scientist Award, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia
1996-97  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Summary:

I am interested in understanding cellular and network mechanisms underlying normal and paroxysmal oscillations in the brain and the role of neuronal oscillations and synchrony in information processing  and behaviour. Oscillatory activity is an emerging property of the brain. The patterns of brain oscillations depend on its functional state and serve different tasks. Sleep slow rhythms can mediate the processes of synaptic plasticity and contribute to memory formation. Fast oscillatory activities are associated with cognitive processes and are involved in transmission of information through the sensory pathways. Transformation of normal brain oscillations into paroxysmal rhythms is associated with severe clinical conditions such as epilepsy. Oscillations in different brain systems can be mediated by similar mechanisms therefore providing common ground for studying brain functions. Understanding these common mechanisms is the primary goal of my research program. Our work focuses on the following areas: (1) Studying cellular and network mechanisms for normal (sleep, attentive states) and abnormal (epilepsy) oscillations in the thalamocortical system; (2) Studying role of oscillations and synchrony in olfactory coding—this project is targeted to discover the general principles and the neural circuitry involved in the encoding of sensory information in the brain. To address these questions, we use broad spectrum of experimental and computational approaches ranging from conductance based models developed from experimental data to different classes of simplified neuronal models that allow large-scale analysis with realistic network structure.

Related Press Releases:

UCR June 21, 2011: UC Riverside Neuroscientists' Discovery Could Bring Relief to Epilepsy Sufferers

The Press Enterprise July 3, 2011: UCR Discovery Targets Sodium in Brain Cells During Epileptic Seizures

Selected Publications:

List of publications from HubMed

Lab Personnel:

Filatov, Gregory
Project Scientist
Assisi, Collins
Postgraduate Researcher:  Olfaction
Chen, Jen-Yung
Postgraduate Researcher
Prashanth, Giri
Postgraduate Researcher
Lonjers, Peter
Graduate Student Researcher
Lofti, Sima
Graduate Student Researcher
Skorheim, Steven
Graduate Student Researcher
Alawode, Christopher
Undergraduate Student Researcher

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center Information

Center for Plant Cell Biology
Botany & Plant Sciences Department
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
Fax: (951) 827-5155
E-mail: genomics@ucr.edu