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Jérôme Lecoq, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator


Jérôme Lecoq joined the Allen Institute in 2015 to lead efforts in mapping cortical computation using in vivo two-photon microscopy in behaving animals. He brings 10 years of experience in in vivo microscopy working with rodents. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Lecoq was a postdoctoral scholar in Mark Schnitzer’s group at Stanford University, where he developed novel imaging methodologies to monitor large neuronal populations in the visual cortex of behaving mice.  Lecoq received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and an M.S. in Physics from ESPCI ParisTech, a French multidisciplinary engineering school.

Research Focus:

To truly comprehend the complexities of the cortex, we must delve into its computational principles and build models that capture the essence of its workings. However, to fully test these models, we need datasets that accurately measure the neuronal representations that we seek to understand at the scale of the entire brain.
As a researcher, I am passionate about building innovative platforms that revolutionize the way we understand the brain. One such platform that I have helped build and continue to develop is OpenScope, which draws inspiration from the field of astronomy to create the first brain observatory.
OpenScope aims to democratize neuroscience by providing an open platform where researchers can study the brain's complex activities. Through this platform, researchers can observe how the brain responds to stimuli in real-time and create large-scale datasets that enable a deeper understanding of the brain's computational principles. The high-throughput imaging platform that I continue to improve is a crucial component of OpenScope, allowing for real-time recordings of neuronal activity and enabling a more comprehensive understanding of the brain's workings.

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