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    Bartlett W. Mel, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolViterbi School of Engineering, BME
    DepartmentBiomedical Engineering
    AddressHNB 103
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-2520
    Phone+1 213 740 0334
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      Dr. Mel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1989. He spent 5 years as a post-doctoral fellow at Caltech working in the laboratory of Professor Christof Koch. Dr. Mel joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at USC in the Fall of 1994, and established the Laboratory for Neural Computation. He is a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.


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      1. Mel B, Schiller J, Poirazi P. Synaptic plasticity in dendrites: complications and coping strategies. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2017 Apr; 43:177-186. PMID: 28453975.
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      2. Jain R, Millin R, Mel B. Multimap formation in visual cortex. J Vis. 2015; 15(16):3. PMID: 26641946; PMCID: PMC4675321.
      3. Jadi MP, Behabadi BF, Poleg-Polsky A, Schiller J, Mel B. An Augmented Two-Layer Model Captures Nonlinear Analog Spatial Integration Effects in Pyramidal Neuron Dendrites. Proc IEEE Inst Electr Electron Eng. 2014 May; 102(5). PMID: 25554708.
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      4. Ramachandra CA, Mel B. Computing local edge probability in natural scenes from a population of oriented simple cells. J Vis. 2013 Dec 31; 13(14). PMID: 24381295; PMCID: PMC3878671.
      5. Behabadi BF, Mel B. Mechanisms underlying subunit independence in pyramidal neuron dendrites. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 07; 111(1):498-503. PMID: 24357611; PMCID: PMC3890819.
      6. Satgunam P, Woods RL, Luo G, Bronstad PM, Reynolds Z, Ramachandra C, Mel B, Peli E. Effects of contour enhancement on low-vision preference and visual search. Optom Vis Sci. 2012 Sep; 89(9):E1364-73. PMID: 22863793; PMCID: PMC3429700.
      7. Kwon M, Ramachandra C, Satgunam P, Mel B, Peli E, Tjan BS. Contour enhancement benefits older adults with simulated central field loss. Optom Vis Sci. 2012 Sep; 89(9):1374-84. PMID: 22885784; PMCID: PMC3438282.
      8. Behabadi BF, Polsky A, Jadi M, Schiller J, Mel B. Location-dependent excitatory synaptic interactions in pyramidal neuron dendrites. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012; 8(7):e1002599. PMID: 22829759; PMCID: PMC3400572.
      9. Jadi M, Polsky A, Schiller J, Mel B. Location-dependent effects of inhibition on local spiking in pyramidal neuron dendrites. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012; 8(6):e1002550. PMID: 22719240; PMCID: PMC3375251.
      10. Gómez González JF, Mel B, Poirazi P. Distinguishing Linear vs. Non-Linear Integration in CA1 Radial Oblique Dendrites: It's about Time. Front Comput Neurosci. 2011; 5:44. PMID: 22171217; PMCID: PMC3214726.
      11. Polsky A, Mel B, Schiller J. Encoding and decoding bursts by NMDA spikes in basal dendrites of layer 5 pyramidal neurons. J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 23; 29(38):11891-903. PMID: 19776275; PMCID: PMC3850222.
      12. Wu XE, Mel B. Capacity-enhancing synaptic learning rules in a medial temporal lobe online learning model. Neuron. 2009 Apr 16; 62(1):31-41. PMID: 19376065; PMCID: PMC2822782.
      13. Zhou C, Mel B. Cue combination and color edge detection in natural scenes. J Vis. 2008 Apr 11; 8(4):4.1-25. PMID: 18484843.
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      14. Behabadi BF, Mel B. J4 at sweet 16: a new wrinkle? Neural Comput. 2007 Nov; 19(11):2865-70. PMID: 17883343.
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      15. Chklovskii DB, Mel B, Svoboda K. Cortical rewiring and information storage. Nature. 2004 Oct 14; 431(7010):782-8. PMID: 15483599.
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      16. Mel B, Schiller J. On the fight between excitation and inhibition: location is everything. Sci STKE. 2004 Sep 07; 2004(250):PE44. PMID: 15367756.
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      17. Polsky A, Mel B, Schiller J. Computational subunits in thin dendrites of pyramidal cells. Nat Neurosci. 2004 Jun; 7(6):621-7. PMID: 15156147.
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      18. Häusser M, Mel B. Dendrites: bug or feature? Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2003 Jun; 13(3):372-83. PMID: 12850223.
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      19. Poirazi P, Brannon T, Mel B. Arithmetic of subthreshold synaptic summation in a model CA1 pyramidal cell. Neuron. 2003 Mar 27; 37(6):977-87. PMID: 12670426.
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      20. Poirazi P, Brannon T, Mel B. Pyramidal neuron as two-layer neural network. Neuron. 2003 Mar 27; 37(6):989-99. PMID: 12670427.
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      21. Mel B. Have we been hebbing down the wrong path? Neuron. 2002 Apr 11; 34(2):175-7. PMID: 11970858.
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      22. Mel B. Neurobiology. What the synapse tells the neuron. Science. 2002 Mar 08; 295(5561):1845-6. PMID: 11884739.
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      23. Poirazi P, Mel B. Impact of active dendrites and structural plasticity on the memory capacity of neural tissue. Neuron. 2001 Mar; 29(3):779-96. PMID: 11301036.
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      24. Mel B, Fiser J. Minimizing binding errors using learned conjunctive features. Neural Comput. 2000 Apr; 12(4):731-62. PMID: 10770830.
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      25. Mel B, Fiser J. Minimizing binding errors using learned conjunctive features. Neural Comput. 2000 Feb; 12(2):247-78. PMID: 10636941.
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      26. Archie KA, Mel B. A model for intradendritic computation of binocular disparity. Nat Neurosci. 2000 Jan; 3(1):54-63. PMID: 10607395.
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      27. Mel B. Computational neuroscience. Think positive to find parts. Nature. 1999 Oct 21; 401(6755):759-60. PMID: 10548098.
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      28. Mel B, Ruderman DL, Archie KA. Translation-invariant orientation tuning in visual "complex" cells could derive from intradendritic computations. J Neurosci. 1998 Jun 01; 18(11):4325-34. PMID: 9592109.
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      29. Mel B. SEEMORE: combining color, shape, and texture histogramming in a neurally inspired approach to visual object recognition. Neural Comput. 1997 May 15; 9(4):777-804. PMID: 9161022.
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      30. Mel B. Synaptic integration in an excitable dendritic tree. J Neurophysiol. 1993 Sep; 70(3):1086-101. PMID: 8229160.
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      31. Mel B. A connectionist model may shed light on neural mechanisms for visually guided reaching. J Cogn Neurosci. 1991; 3(3):273-92. PMID: 23964842.
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