Marc A. Sommer
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Appointments and Affiliations
- Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Associate Professor in Neurobiology
- Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
- Office Location: 101 Science Dr., 1153 Ciemas, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 684-7015
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
Dr. Marc Sommer studies neuronal circuits of the brain. Research in his laboratory involves recording from single neurons and studying the effects of inactivating or stimulating well-defined brain areas. His goals are to understand how individual areas process signals and how multiple areas interact to cause cognition and behavior. Results from the work are guiding the design of vision-based models and robots.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2005, 2006
- Fellow Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health, 1999
- Member, International Neuropsychological Symposium, 2007
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Neurosciences, National Science Foundation, 1990-1993
- BME 301L: Bioelectricity (AC or GE)
- BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 517: Neuronal Control of Movement (GE, EL)
- BME 790: Advanced Topics for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
- BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
- BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
- BME 899: Special Readings in Biomedical Engineering
- EGR 491: Projects in Engineering
- NEUROBIO 720C: Concepts in Neuroscience II - Sensory/Motor Integration
- NEUROBIO 793: Research in Neurobiology
- NEUROSCI 301L: Bioelectricity (AC or GE)
- NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
- NEUROSCI 495: Research Independent Study 3
- NEUROSCI 496: Research Independent Study 4
- NEUROSCI 507: Neuronal Control of Movement (GE, EL)
- NEUROSCI 755: Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Neuroscience (IPCN) Independent Research Rotation
Representative Publications: (More Publications)
- Ashmore, Robin A. and Sommer, Marc A., Delay activity of saccade-related neurons in the caudal dentate nucleus of the macaque cerebellum, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 109 (2013), pp. 2129-2144 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Smith, Matthew A. and Sommer, Marc A., Spatial and temporal scales of neuronal correlation in visual area V4, Journal of Neuroscience, vol 33 (2013), pp. 5422-5432 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Mayo, J. Patrick and Sommer, Marc A., Neuronal correlates of visual time perception at brief timescales, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol 110 no. 4 (2013), pp. 1506-1511 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Shin, SooYoon and Sommer, Marc A., Division of labor in frontal eye field neurons during presaccadic remapping of visual receptive fields, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 108 (2012), pp. 2144-2159 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Middlebrooks, Paul G. and Sommer, Marc A., Neuronal correlates of metacognition in primate frontal cortex, Neuron, vol 75 no. 3 (2012), pp. 517-530 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Crapse, Trinity B. and Sommer, Marc A., Frontal eye field neurons assess visual stability across saccades, Journal of Neuroscience, vol 32 no. 8 (2012), pp. 2835–2845 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Shin, SooYoon and Sommer, Marc A., Activity of neurons in monkey globus pallidus during oculomotor behavior compared with that in substantia nigra pars reticulata, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol 103 no. 4 (2010), pp. 1874-1887 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Crapse, Trinity B. and Sommer, Marc A., Corollary discharge across the animal kingdom, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, vol 9 no. 8 (2008), pp. 587-600 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Sommer, Marc A. and Wurtz, Robert H., Influence of the thalamus on spatial visual processing in frontal cortex, Nature, vol 444 no. 7117 (2006), pp. 374-377 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
- Sommer, Marc A. and Wurtz, Robert H., A pathway in primate brain for internal monitoring of movements, Science, vol 296 no. 5572 (2002), pp. 1480-1482 [pdf], [doi] [abs].
Lectures and Invited Talks:
- New Faculty Lecture Series,