Joshua Trachtenberg

Title(s)Professor, Neurobiology
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    My lab is interested in understanding how our earliest sensory experiences pattern synaptic connections in the cortex and how this, in turn, shapes the function of neural circuitry. We explore this in the visual system, including primary visual cortex, higher visual cortical regions, superior colliculus, amygdala, and thalamus. Vision is the primary sense we use to evaluate social structures, individual faces, threats, and rewards. Our goal is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which early experiences instruct synpatic connectivity, network connectivity, and network function in cortical circuits. We also wish to understand how these experiential changes shape behavior. Our work employs sophisticated imaging and molecular techniques, including longitudinal multi-photon imaging of genetically encoded calcium indicators that are expressed in specific cell types, and single cell transcriptomics.

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    Disinhibition and experience-dependent visual plasticity
    NIH R01EY027407Jun 1, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Inhibitory Regulation of Neural Circuit Plasticity in Visual Cortex
    NIH R01EY023871Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Imaging PTEN-induced changes in adult cortical structure and function in vivo
    NIH R01MH082935Apr 1, 2010 - Jan 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Imaging Synaptic Plasticity in the Visual Cortex in Vivo
    NIH R01EY016052Dec 1, 2004 - Sep 30, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    PLASMINOGEN ACTIVATORS AND VISUAL CORTICAL DEVELOPMENT
    NIH F32EY006824Aug 4, 1997
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Gene Targeting Approaches to Learning and Memory Studies
    NIH U01AG013622Jul 25, 1995 - Mar 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Vision is required for the formation of binocular neurons prior to the classical critical period. Curr Biol. 2021 Aug 10. Tan L, Ringach DL, Zipursky SL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 34411526.
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    2. Vision Changes the Cellular Composition of Binocular Circuitry during the Critical Period. Neuron. 2020 11 25; 108(4):735-747.e6. Tan L, Tring E, Ringach DL, Zipursky SL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 33091339.
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    3. State-Dependent Subnetworks of Parvalbumin-Expressing Interneurons in Neocortex. Cell Rep. 2019 02 26; 26(9):2282-2288.e3. Garcia-Junco-Clemente P, Tring E, Ringach DL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 30811979.
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    4. Neuromodulatory control of localized dendritic spiking in critical period cortex. Nature. 2019 03; 567(7746):100-104. Yaeger CE, Ringach DL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 30787434.
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    5. Hotspots of dendritic spine turnover facilitate clustered spine addition and learning and memory. Nat Commun. 2018 01 29; 9(1):422. Frank AC, Huang S, Zhou M, Gdalyahu A, Kastellakis G, Silva TK, Lu E, Wen X, Poirazi P, Trachtenberg JT, Silva AJ. PMID: 29379017.
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    6. An inhibitory pull-push circuit in frontal cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2017 Mar; 20(3):389-392. Garcia-Junco-Clemente P, Ikrar T, Tring E, Xu X, Ringach DL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 28114295.
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    7. Pten and EphB4 regulate the establishment of perisomatic inhibition in mouse visual cortex. Nat Commun. 2016 09 09; 7:12829. Baohan A, Ikrar T, Tring E, Xu X, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 27611660.
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    8. Spatial clustering of tuning in mouse primary visual cortex. Nat Commun. 2016 08 02; 7:12270. Ringach DL, Mineault PJ, Tring E, Olivas ND, Garcia-Junco-Clemente P, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 27481398.
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    9. Enhanced Spatial Resolution During Locomotion and Heightened Attention in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex. J Neurosci. 2016 06 15; 36(24):6382-92. Mineault PJ, Tring E, Trachtenberg JT, Ringach DL. PMID: 27307228.
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    10. Parvalbumin Interneurons: All Forest, No Trees. Neuron. 2015 Jul 15; 87(2):247-8. Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 26182410.
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    11. Competition, inhibition, and critical periods of cortical plasticity. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2015 Dec; 35:44-8. Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 26126153.
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    12. The Autism Related Protein Contactin-Associated Protein-Like 2 (CNTNAP2) Stabilizes New Spines: An In Vivo Mouse Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0125633. Gdalyahu A, Lazaro M, Penagarikano O, Golshani P, Trachtenberg JT, Geschwind DH, Gescwind DH. PMID: 25951243.
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    13. Encoding and storage of spatial information in the retrosplenial cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 10; 111(23):8661-6. Czajkowski R, Jayaprakash B, Wiltgen B, Rogerson T, Guzman-Karlsson MC, Barth AL, Trachtenberg JT, Silva AJ. PMID: 24912150.
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    14. Overexpression of calcium-activated potassium channels underlies cortical dysfunction in a model of PTEN-associated autism. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 05; 110(45):18297-302. Garcia-Junco-Clemente P, Chow DK, Tring E, Lazaro MT, Trachtenberg JT, Golshani P. PMID: 24145404.
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    15. A disinhibitory microcircuit initiates critical-period plasticity in the visual cortex. Nature. 2013 Sep 26; 501(7468):543-6. Kuhlman SJ, Olivas ND, Tring E, Ikrar T, Xu X, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 23975100.
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    16. Associative fear learning enhances sparse network coding in primary sensory cortex. Neuron. 2012 Jul 12; 75(1):121-32. Gdalyahu A, Tring E, Polack PO, Gruver R, Golshani P, Fanselow MS, Silva AJ, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 22794266.
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    17. Pattern and not magnitude of neural activity determines dendritic spine stability in awake mice. Nat Neurosci. 2012 Jun 17; 15(7):949-51. Wyatt RM, Tring E, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 22706266.
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    18. Absence of CNTNAP2 leads to epilepsy, neuronal migration abnormalities, and core autism-related deficits. Cell. 2011 Sep 30; 147(1):235-46. Peñagarikano O, Abrahams BS, Herman EI, Winden KD, Gdalyahu A, Dong H, Sonnenblick LI, Gruver R, Almajano J, Bragin A, Golshani P, Trachtenberg JT, Peles E, Geschwind DH. PMID: 21962519.
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    19. Fast-spiking interneurons have an initial orientation bias that is lost with vision. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Jul 12; 14(9):1121-3. Kuhlman SJ, Tring E, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 21750548.
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    20. The refinement of ipsilateral eye retinotopic maps is increased by removing the dominant contralateral eye in adult mice. PLoS One. 2010 Mar 29; 5(3):e9925. Smith SL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 20369001.
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    21. Delta-catenin is required for the maintenance of neural structure and function in mature cortex in vivo. Neuron. 2009 Nov 12; 64(3):320-7. Matter C, Pribadi M, Liu X, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 19914181.
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    22. Laminar and compartmental regulation of dendritic growth in mature cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2009 Feb; 12(2):116-8. Chow DK, Groszer M, Pribadi M, Machniki M, Carmichael ST, Liu X, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 19151711.
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    23. Ipsilateral eye cortical maps are uniquely sensitive to binocular plasticity. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Feb; 101(2):855-61. Faguet J, Maranhao B, Smith SL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 19052109.
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    24. Specific developmental disruption of disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1 function results in schizophrenia-related phenotypes in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Nov 13; 104(46):18280-5. Li W, Zhou Y, Jentsch JD, Brown RA, Tian X, Ehninger D, Hennah W, Peltonen L, Lönnqvist J, Huttunen MO, Kaprio J, Trachtenberg JT, Silva AJ, Cannon TD. PMID: 17984054.
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    25. Experience-dependent binocular competition in the visual cortex begins at eye opening. Nat Neurosci. 2007 Mar; 10(3):370-5. Smith SL, Trachtenberg JT. PMID: 17293862.
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    26. Transient and persistent dendritic spines in the neocortex in vivo. Neuron. 2005 Jan 20; 45(2):279-91. Holtmaat AJ, Trachtenberg JT, Wilbrecht L, Shepherd GM, Zhang X, Knott GW, Svoboda K. PMID: 15664179.
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