The Angelaki Lab's research focuses on understanding how multisensory information flows between subcortical and cortical brain areas, as well as the spatial navigation, decision-making and episodic memory circuits, and how internal states modulate this information flow. We use innovative approaches to explore and understand neural dynamics and network coding of multi-sensory and multi-modal information at multiple stages of processing under diverse naturalistic and perceptual contexts related to navigation, planning and perceptual decisions. We are interested in the neural implementation of canonical neural computations and how they go astray to result in sensory, motor, memory and cognitive deficits in diseases like autism.
Our goal is to use this knowledge to understand computational principles of disease, to inspire artificial systems, to aid the development of prosthetics and other tools for understanding and treating deficits of sensory coding, spatial orientation, cognition and action.
In 2012, Dr. Angelaki was awarded the inaugural Pradel Research Award in Neuroscience by the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her discoveries on mechanisms of representation of vestibular sensory stimuli within the mammalian brain. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences since 2014.