Eitan Schechtman

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Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences
Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2017
University of California, Irvine
1430 Biological Sciences III
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Sleep, Memory, Cognitive Neuroscience, EEG
2016 - 2022 | Postdoc | Northwestern University
Research Abstract
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sleep lab (or CogNoS for short) uses neuroimaging, behavioral manipulations, and computational methods to explore memory reactivation during sleep, which broadly impacts cognition, emotion, and health. Exploring the mechanisms through which sleep shapes human behavior requires a multi-disciplinary approach, combining neuroscientific, psychological, and computational methods. Our lab combines novel techniques to selectively bias memory reactivation; machine-learning algorithms to decipher memory-related content from neural data; and neuroscientific methods for monitoring brain connectivity and rhythms in different regions and timescales. Using this state-of-the-art methodological framework, the lab hopes to reveal the neural infrastructure through which sleep transforms memories, and how these dynamics may be harnessed for improving wellbeing in healthy and clinical populations.
Short Biography
Eitan completed a BA in Psychology and an MSc and PhD in Neural Computation, all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then completed his postdoc at Northwestern University. Eitan is passionate about understanding the neural underpinnings of human cognition, and specifically the manner in which the sleeping brain supports cognitive function. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with his husband and two kids, hiking, reading, and listening to music. His passions include LGBTQ+ advocacy and scientific outreach, especially with school-aged kids.

I provide a safe space for students and trainees from all schools and disciplines to discuss LGBTQ-related concerns, and all are welcome to reach out.
K99/R00 - MH122663
Graduate Programs
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
Mathematical and Computational Biology
Neurobiology and Behavior
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