Bartlett W. Mel, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor
SchoolViterbi School of Engineering, Bme
AddressHNB 103
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 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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    In Vitro and Modeling Studies of Synaptic Integration
    NIH R01MH065918May 1, 2003 - Feb 28, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH F32MH009921Jun 8, 1990
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Optimizing a neuron for reliable dendritic subunit pooling. Neuroscience. 2021 Oct 26. Ramdas T, Mel BW. PMID: 34715265.
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    2. How Dendrites Affect Online Recognition Memory. PLoS Comput Biol. 2019 05; 15(5):e1006892. Wu X, Mel GC, Strouse DJ, Mel BW. PMID: 31050662; PMCID: PMC6527246.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    3. NMDA spikes mediate amplification of inputs in the rat piriform cortex. Elife. 2018 12 21; 7. Kumar A, Schiff O, Barkai E, Mel BW, Poleg-Polsky A, Schiller J. PMID: 30575520; PMCID: PMC6333441.
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    4. Synaptic plasticity in dendrites: complications and coping strategies. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2017 04; 43:177-186. Mel BW, Schiller J, Poirazi P. PMID: 28453975.
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    5. Multimap formation in visual cortex. J Vis. 2015; 15(16):3. Jain R, Millin R, Mel BW. PMID: 26641946; PMCID: PMC4675321.
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    6. 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). Jadi MP, Behabadi BF, Poleg-Polsky A, Schiller J, Mel BW. PMID: 25554708; PMCID: PMC4279447.
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    7. Computing local edge probability in natural scenes from a population of oriented simple cells. J Vis. 2013 Dec 31; 13(14). Ramachandra CA, Mel BW. PMID: 24381295; PMCID: PMC3878671.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Mechanisms underlying subunit independence in pyramidal neuron dendrites. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 07; 111(1):498-503. Behabadi BF, Mel BW. PMID: 24357611; PMCID: PMC3890819.
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    9. Effects of contour enhancement on low-vision preference and visual search. Optom Vis Sci. 2012 Sep; 89(9):E1364-73. Satgunam P, Woods RL, Luo G, Bronstad PM, Reynolds Z, Ramachandra C, Mel BW, Peli E. PMID: 22863793; PMCID: PMC3429700.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Contour enhancement benefits older adults with simulated central field loss. Optom Vis Sci. 2012 Sep; 89(9):1374-84. Kwon M, Ramachandra C, Satgunam P, Mel BW, Peli E, Tjan BS. PMID: 22885784; PMCID: PMC3438282.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Location-dependent excitatory synaptic interactions in pyramidal neuron dendrites. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012; 8(7):e1002599. Behabadi BF, Polsky A, Jadi M, Schiller J, Mel BW. PMID: 22829759; PMCID: PMC3400572.
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    12. Location-dependent effects of inhibition on local spiking in pyramidal neuron dendrites. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012; 8(6):e1002550. Jadi M, Polsky A, Schiller J, Mel BW. PMID: 22719240; PMCID: PMC3375251.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 43     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    13. Distinguishing Linear vs. Non-Linear Integration in CA1 Radial Oblique Dendrites: It's about Time. Front Comput Neurosci. 2011; 5:44. Gómez González JF, Mel BW, Poirazi P. PMID: 22171217; PMCID: PMC3214726.
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    14. Encoding and decoding bursts by NMDA spikes in basal dendrites of layer 5 pyramidal neurons. J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 23; 29(38):11891-903. Polsky A, Mel B, Schiller J. PMID: 19776275; PMCID: PMC3850222.
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    15. Capacity-enhancing synaptic learning rules in a medial temporal lobe online learning model. Neuron. 2009 Apr 16; 62(1):31-41. Wu XE, Mel BW. PMID: 19376065; PMCID: PMC2822782.
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    16. Cue combination and color edge detection in natural scenes. J Vis. 2008 Apr 11; 8(4):4.1-25. Zhou C, Mel BW. PMID: 18484843.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. J4 at sweet 16: a new wrinkle? Neural Comput. 2007 Nov; 19(11):2865-70. Behabadi BF, Mel BW. PMID: 17883343.
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    18. Cortical rewiring and information storage. Nature. 2004 Oct 14; 431(7010):782-8. Chklovskii DB, Mel BW, Svoboda K. PMID: 15483599.
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    19. On the fight between excitation and inhibition: location is everything. Sci STKE. 2004 Sep 07; 2004(250):PE44. Mel BW, Schiller J. PMID: 15367756.
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    20. Computational subunits in thin dendrites of pyramidal cells. Nat Neurosci. 2004 Jun; 7(6):621-7. Polsky A, Mel BW, Schiller J. PMID: 15156147.
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    21. Dendrites: bug or feature? Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2003 Jun; 13(3):372-83. Häusser M, Mel B. PMID: 12850223.
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    22. Pyramidal neuron as two-layer neural network. Neuron. 2003 Mar 27; 37(6):989-99. Poirazi P, Brannon T, Mel BW. PMID: 12670427.
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    23. Arithmetic of subthreshold synaptic summation in a model CA1 pyramidal cell. Neuron. 2003 Mar 27; 37(6):977-87. Poirazi P, Brannon T, Mel BW. PMID: 12670426.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 153     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    24. Have we been hebbing down the wrong path? Neuron. 2002 Apr 11; 34(2):175-7. Mel BW. PMID: 11970858.
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    25. Neurobiology. What the synapse tells the neuron. Science. 2002 Mar 08; 295(5561):1845-6. Mel BW. PMID: 11884739.
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    26. Impact of active dendrites and structural plasticity on the memory capacity of neural tissue. Neuron. 2001 Mar; 29(3):779-96. Poirazi P, Mel BW. PMID: 11301036.
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    27. Minimizing binding errors using learned conjunctive features. Neural Comput. 2000 Apr; 12(4):731-62. Mel BW, Fiser J. PMID: 10770830.
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    28. Minimizing binding errors using learned conjunctive features. Neural Comput. 2000 Feb; 12(2):247-78. Mel B, Fiser J. PMID: 10636941.
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    29. A model for intradendritic computation of binocular disparity. Nat Neurosci. 2000 Jan; 3(1):54-63. Archie KA, Mel BW. PMID: 10607395.
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    30. Computational neuroscience. Think positive to find parts. Nature. 1999 Oct 21; 401(6755):759-60. Mel BW. PMID: 10548098.
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    31. Translation-invariant orientation tuning in visual "complex" cells could derive from intradendritic computations. J Neurosci. 1998 Jun 01; 18(11):4325-34. Mel BW, Ruderman DL, Archie KA. PMID: 9592109; PMCID: PMC6792789.
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    32. 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. Mel BW. PMID: 9161022.
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    33. Synaptic integration in an excitable dendritic tree. J Neurophysiol. 1993 Sep; 70(3):1086-101. Mel BW. PMID: 8229160.
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    34. A connectionist model may shed light on neural mechanisms for visually guided reaching. J Cogn Neurosci. 1991; 3(3):273-92. Mel BW. PMID: 23964842.
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