Courtesy Appointment in
Grace E. Harris Hall 4126
My primary research area is computational neuroscience, focusing on the variability/fluctuations of cortical neural network activity and dynamics with sensory inputs. With theoretical investigations, there are mathematical issues in: developing numerical methods to solve probability density equations, large-scale (Monte-Carlo) simulations, as well as applied analysis to describe these complicated stochastic systems. A variety of models are used for different purposes because there is a wide range of biological complexity. I have worked on: noisy neural oscillators, spiking stochastic networks, detailed biophysical cellular modeling with an excursion to cardiac dynamics, and questions about coding of sensory signals. See .
Current Students: Michelle F. Craft (Ph.D), Morgan H. Jackson (Ph.D., co-advised)
Past Students: Maurice L. Brown (Ph.D), Kyle P. Wendling (Ph.D.), Tamar Melman (Udgrd, CMU), Adam Burch (Udgrd, Pitt), Lauren Crow (Undgrd, VCU), Caroline Failon (Udgrd, W&M)
VCU has a . I am currently the faculty advisor, email me if you are intersted in participating!
Considering a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics? VCU has a Ph.D. program in Systems Modeling and Analysis. See for more information.
Twitter Handle: @cheng_ly_
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