I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Katrina MacLeod's electrophyiology lab. I am particularly interested in early neuronal processing strategies for sensory information and how neurons in peripheral structures like the cochlear nucleus transform information from the acoustic environment into relevant neuronal information.

I have used in vitro electrophysiology and pharmacology to characterize the function of Kv1 channels in the cochlear nucleus angularis and neuronal reconstruction to demonstrate that specific neuron types in the superior olivary nucleus (SON) correlate with divergent projections. In addition to in vitro techniques, I utilize computational approaches such as dynamic clamp to model intrinsic and synaptic conductances in real time recording. 

James Baldassano
jabaldas [at] umd.edu