Ryan Williamson, MD, PhD

  • Resident, UPMC Medical Education, Pittsburgh, PA

Education & Training

  • Brigham Young University, BS, 2013
  • Carnegie Mellon University, PhD, 2019

Representative Publications

Williamson RC, Cowley BR, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Kohn A, Smith MA, Yu BM. 2016. Scaling Properties of Dimensionality Reduction for Neural Populations and Network Models. PLoS Comput Biol. PMID: 27926936.

Bittner SR, Williamson RC, Snyder AC, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Chase SM, Smith MA, Yu BM. 2017. Population activity structure of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. PLoS One. PMID: 28817581.

Cowley B, Williamson R, Clemens K, Smith M, Yu B. (2017) Adaptive Sampling for a Population of Neurons. Neural Information Processing Systems Conference. Accepted.

Williamson RC, Doiron B, Smith MA, Yu BM. Bridging large-scale neuronal recordings and large-scale network models using dimensionality reduction. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2019 Apr;55:40-47. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.12.009. Epub 2019 Jan 22. PMID: 30677702; PMCID: PMC6548625.

Issar D, Williamson RC, Khanna SB, Smith MA. A neural network for online spike classification that improves decoding accuracy. J Neurophysiol. 2020 Apr 1;123(4):1472-1485. doi: 10.1152/jn.00641.2019. Epub 2020 Feb 26. PMID: 32101491; PMCID: PMC7191521.

Cowley BR, Snyder AC, Acar K, Williamson RC, Yu BM, Smith MA. Slow Drift of Neural Activity as a Signature of Impulsivity in Macaque Visual and Prefrontal Cortex. Neuron. 2020 Nov 11;108(3):551-567.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.07.021. Epub 2020 Aug 17. PMID: 32810433.

Mortensen, P., Enzor, R., Keppel, K., Williamson, R., Jones, P., Nkrumah, G., Safiullah, Z., Michelson, S., Nadimpalli, S., Shue, A., Waxman, E. The Ophthalmology Mini-Elective Gives Vision to Preclinical Medical Students. MedEdPortal. 2020. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11024

Career Advisor

Russell Schwartz, PhD

Thesis Advisor

Matthew Smith, PhD

Graduate Program

Dissertation Title

Dissecting neural variability using population recordings, network models, and neurofeedback

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