James McFarland

Postdoctoral Fellow


Office Phone: (301) 405-1588
Lab: BRB 1207
Office Address: Biosciences Research Building (BRB) 1118

Research Interests

  • Statistical models of neural computation
  • The role of eye movements in visual processing
  • Structure of cortical variability

Recent Publications

  • McFarland JM, Bondy AG, Cumming BG, Butts DA (2014) High-resolution eye tracking using V1 neuron activity. Nature Communications. 5:4605.
  • McFarland JM, Cui Y, Butts DA. Inferring nonlinear neuronal computation based on physiologically plausible inputs. PLoS Comput Biol. 9: e1003143
  • Hahn TT*, McFarland JM*, Berberich S, Sakmann B, Mehta MR. Spontaneous persistent activity in entorhinal cortex modulates cortico-hippocampal interaction in vivo. Nat Neurosci. 2012; 15(11): 1531-1538.


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Brown University, 2011
  • B.A., Pomona College, 2006