Staff Profiles

Iryna Yavorska, Ph.D.

Scientist I

Iryna joined the Allen Institute in 2020 as a scientist in the Mindscope program. Her work is focused on understanding changes in neural activity during visually guided behavior in mice. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where, inspired by the theories of Gestalt Psychology, she studied adaptation of depth perception in humans using psychophysics (advised by Raymond Pavloski). Her interest in neural computations and emergent properties of such computations led her join an auditory electrophysiology lab at the University of Oregon, where she received her Ph.D in Psychology studying the functional roles of inhibitory interneurons in encoding of sound in mice (advised by Mike Wehr).  


Research Interests

Iryna is interested in studying how neurons encode and process sensory information, with a focus on understanding how diverse neuronal populations create local circuits and how those circuits interact with global neural systems. 


  • Sensory neuroscience
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology

Research Programs

  • Mindscope

Selected Publications View Publications

Effects of Locomotion in Auditory Cortex Are Not Mediated by the VIP Network

Frontiers in Neural Circuits
April 7, 2021

Wehr M, Yavorska I

A Cortico-Collicular Amplification Mechanism for Gap Detection

Cerebral Cortex
May 18, 2020

Weible AP, Yavorska I, Wehr M

A Layer 3→5 Circuit in Auditory Cortex That Contributes to Pre-pulse Inhibition of the Acoustic Startle Response

Frontiers in Neural Circuits
October 30, 2020

Weible AP, Yavorska I, Kayal D, Duckler U, Wehr M

Somatostatin-expressing inhibitory interneurons in cortical circuits

Frontiers in Neural Circuits
September 29, 2016

Yavorska I, Wehr M

Vision Drives Accurate Approach Behavior during Prey Capture in Laboratory Mice

Current Biology
November 21, 2016

Hoy JL, Yavorska I, Wehr M, Niell CM