The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is dedicated to understanding the principles and mechanisms that underlie complex behavior. The center is a state of the art, multi-disciplinary research and academic unit in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. From the microscopic level of cells and organelles to the grand scale of human interaction, our mission is to bring together multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as theoretical physics, complexity science, cognitive psychology, laboratory biology, applied mathematics and philosophy to tackle the most profound questions of brain, the mind, consciousness, and behavior.
The Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program , with faculty drawn from the Schmidt Colleges of Science, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Schmidt College of Medicine, seeks to create a new kind of brain scientist who is fluent in both biology and mathematics, and who aims to bring new ways of thinking into neuroscience. Advanced courses are research-oriented and build on a core curriculum in neuroscience. In addition, the Graduate Neuroscience Training Program unites scientists, educators and students from three FAU Ph.D. programs and from two internationally-recognized research institutes into a one of a kind training opportunity for those at the beginning stages of their neuroscientific careers.
Congratulations to Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D, a research professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, who with collaborators Christopher Beetle, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and Christine Williams, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nursing, were awarded a $675,000 grant from the NIH-NIA entitled “The Mathematics of Relatedness.” The research will design experiences, or mathematical models, that give older adults a chance to form meaningful social interactions while aiding for age-related impairments. Read more.
Congratulations to Darwin Romulus who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Science at the Summer Commencement Ceremonies in August, 2021. Darwin’s dissertation was completed under the guidance of Drs. Sang Hong and Howard Hock and entitled “The Assessment of the Role of Microsaccadic Eye Movements in Bistable Motion Perception.” Darwin’s dissertation committee also included William Hahn, Ph.D.. Following graduation, Darwin will move to Seattle where he will start a job with Microsoft.
Congratulations to Kenton McDowell who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Science at the Summer Commencement Ceremonies in August, 2021. Kenton’s dissertation was completed under the guidance of Summer Sheremata, Ph.D., and entitled “Functional Brain Connectivity Associated with Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Kenton’s dissertation committee included Ali Danesh, Ph.D., (FAU College of Education) and Mark Halko, Ph.D., (Harvard University). Following graduation Kenton will attend law school at the University of Miami.
Congratulations to James Sullivan who graduated with a Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at the Spring Commencement Ceremonies in May 2021. James’ dissertation was completed under the guidance of Howard Prentice, Ph.D., (co-Chair), Wen Shen, Ph.D., (co-Chair) and Janet C. Blanks, Ph.D., and entitled “A Cell Biological and Electrophysiological Study of Mouse Retina.” James’ dissertation committee included, Howard Prentice, Ph.D., Wen Shen, Ph.D., Robert P. Vertes, Ph.D., Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., and external member Janet Blanks, Ph.D.. James is currently performing postdoctoral research with Robert Vertes, Ph.D., at the center.
We are seeking talented scientists at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. If you have have similar research interests and skills in relevant disciplines, please contact us.