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Salvador Dura-Bernal

Principal Investigator / Assistant Professor

Salvador Dura-Bernal is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate, and a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute of Psychiatric Research. He completed his PhD and first post-doctoral fellow at the University of Plymouth, UK; followed by post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins and SUNY Downstate. His research focuses on understanding cortical circuits through large-scale biophysically-detailed simulations on supercomputers. Dr.


Joe W Graham

Research Scientist

Joe is a research scientist in the Dura-Bernal Lab, where he develops, documents, promotes, and trains new users in NetPyNE ( Previously (2016-2019), he was a contract scientist at the Neurosim Lab, where he used a variety of software tools (NEURON, Python, NetPyNE) to develop simulations and analysis in support of Embedded Ensemble Encoding (EEE) Theory, developed and refined morphologically-simplified models of cortical neurons, and created network models of cortical form and function.


Donald W Doherty

Research Scientist

Donald is a theoretical and computational neuroscientist with more than 20 years of private industry experience in information technology, especially data and machine intelligence. He was founder of successful high-tech start-up companies including Brainstage Research, Inc., where he created a commercial platform used to aggregate the world’s life sciences and medical data. Brainstage Research, Inc. was sold in 2007 and reincorporated as Brainstage, Inc. Donald served as Chief Science Officer of Brainstage, Inc.


Fernando S. Borges

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research in computational neuroscience with 27 publications in peer reviewed journals, and PI/co-PI in 7 research grants. Lectured undergraduate courses, and organized Courses on Computational Modeling. Investigates neural network models with research mainly focused on neuronal synchronization, synaptic plasticity, and epilepsy models (in silico, in vivo, and in vitro), also investigates full-scale microcircuits models of hippocampus, somatosensory and motor cortex in rodents through simulations in cloud computing.

Joao Moreira

PhD Candidate

Currently a Ph.D. Canditade at the State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center (2019-present).

M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Federal University of São Paulo (2017-2019), B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Vale do Paraíba University (2012-2016) and Visiting Student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014).

My interests are in the development of biophysically inspired computational models of the brain, bridging the gap between fundamental questions in neuroscience and computer simulations.