Michael Brainard, PhD

TitleHoward Hughes Investigator
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Organization and experience-dependence of auditory coding in forebrain
    NIH/NIDCD R01DC011356Mar 25, 2012 - Feb 28, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Learning in neural circuits: applied optogenetics in non-genetic models
    NIH/NINDS RC2NS069350Sep 30, 2009 - Aug 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Variation as a Neural Code
    NIH/NIMH P50MH077970Sep 8, 2006 - Aug 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Behavioral and Neural Analysis of Vocal Plasticity
    NIH/NIDCD R01DC006636Apr 1, 2004 - Jun 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Neural Analysis of Vocal Learning
    NIH/NIMH R01MH055987Jul 1, 1996 - Jul 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Colquitt BM, Mets DG, Brainard M. Draft genome assembly of the Bengalese finch, Lonchura striata domestica, a model for motor skill variability and learning. Gigascience. 2018 Mar 01; 7(3):1-6. PMID: 29618046.
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    2. Mets DG, Brainard M. Genetic variation interacts with experience to determine interindividual differences in learned song. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Jan 09; 115(2):421-426. PMID: 29279376.
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    3. Miller MN, Cheung CYJ, Brainard M. Vocal learning promotes patterned inhibitory connectivity. Nat Commun. 2017 Dec 13; 8(1):2105. PMID: 29235480.
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    4. Tian LY, Brainard M. Discrete Circuits Support Generalized versus Context-Specific Vocal Learning in the Songbird. Neuron. 2017 Dec 06; 96(5):1168-1177.e5. PMID: 29154128.
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    5. Troyer TW, Brainard M, Bouchard KE. Timing during transitions in Bengalese finch song: implications for motor sequencing. J Neurophysiol. 2017 Sep 01; 118(3):1556-1566. PMID: 28637816.
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    6. Bouchard KE, Brainard M. Auditory-induced neural dynamics in sensory-motor circuitry predict learned temporal and sequential statistics of birdsong. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 08 23; 113(34):9641-6. PMID: 27506786; PMCID: PMC5003256.
    7. Wittenbach JD, Bouchard KE, Brainard M, Jin DZ. An Adapting Auditory-motor Feedback Loop Can Contribute to Generating Vocal Repetition. PLoS Comput Biol. 2015 Oct; 11(10):e1004471. PMID: 26448054; PMCID: PMC4598084.
    8. Bouchard KE, Ganguli S, Brainard M. Role of the site of synaptic competition and the balance of learning forces for Hebbian encoding of probabilistic Markov sequences. Front Comput Neurosci. 2015; 9:92. PMID: 26257637; PMCID: PMC4508839.
    9. Brainard M, Fitch WT. Editorial overview: communication and language: animal communication and human language. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2014 Oct; 28:v-viii. PMID: 25192981.
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    10. Bouchard KE, Brainard M. Neural encoding and integration of learned probabilistic sequences in avian sensory-motor circuitry. J Neurosci. 2013 Nov 06; 33(45):17710-23. PMID: 24198363; PMCID: PMC3818547.
    11. Brainard M, Doupe AJ. Translating birdsong: songbirds as a model for basic and applied medical research. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2013 Jul 08; 36:489-517. PMID: 23750515; PMCID: PMC4130661.
    12. Sober SJ, Brainard M. Vocal learning is constrained by the statistics of sensorimotor experience. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Dec 18; 109(51):21099-103. PMID: 23213223; PMCID: PMC3529072.
    13. Warren TL, Charlesworth JD, Tumer EC, Brainard M. Variable sequencing is actively maintained in a well learned motor skill. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct 31; 32(44):15414-25. PMID: 23115179; PMCID: PMC3752123.
    14. Charlesworth JD, Warren TL, Brainard M. Covert skill learning in a cortical-basal ganglia circuit. Nature. 2012 May 20; 486(7402):251-5. PMID: 22699618; PMCID: PMC3377745.
    15. Warren TL, Tumer EC, Charlesworth JD, Brainard M. Mechanisms and time course of vocal learning and consolidation in the adult songbird. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Oct; 106(4):1806-21. PMID: 21734110; PMCID: PMC3191835.
    16. Charlesworth JD, Tumer EC, Warren TL, Brainard M. Learning the microstructure of successful behavior. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Mar; 14(3):373-80. PMID: 21278732; PMCID: PMC3045469.
    17. Wohlgemuth MJ, Sober SJ, Brainard M. Linked control of syllable sequence and phonology in birdsong. J Neurosci. 2010 Sep 29; 30(39):12936-49. PMID: 20881112; PMCID: PMC2965410.
    18. Sakata JT, Brainard M. Social context rapidly modulates the influence of auditory feedback on avian vocal motor control. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Oct; 102(4):2485-97. PMID: 19692513; PMCID: PMC2775389.
    19. Sober SJ, Brainard M. Adult birdsong is actively maintained by error correction. Nat Neurosci. 2009 Jul; 12(7):927-31. PMID: 19525945; PMCID: PMC2701972.
    20. Hampton CM, Sakata JT, Brainard M. An avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit contributes differentially to syllable versus sequence variability of adult Bengalese finch song. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Jun; 101(6):3235-45. PMID: 19357331; PMCID: PMC2694116.
    21. Sakata JT, Brainard M. Online contributions of auditory feedback to neural activity in avian song control circuitry. J Neurosci. 2008 Oct 29; 28(44):11378-90. PMID: 18971480; PMCID: PMC2597407.
    22. Sober SJ, Wohlgemuth MJ, Brainard M. Central contributions to acoustic variation in birdsong. J Neurosci. 2008 Oct 08; 28(41):10370-9. PMID: 18842896; PMCID: PMC2613831.
    23. Sakata JT, Hampton CM, Brainard M. Social modulation of sequence and syllable variability in adult birdsong. J Neurophysiol. 2008 Apr; 99(4):1700-11. PMID: 18216221.
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    24. Tumer EC, Brainard M. Performance variability enables adaptive plasticity of 'crystallized' adult birdsong. Nature. 2007 Dec 20; 450(7173):1240-4. PMID: 18097411.
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    25. Sakata JT, Brainard M. Real-time contributions of auditory feedback to avian vocal motor control. J Neurosci. 2006 Sep 20; 26(38):9619-28. PMID: 16988032.
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    26. Kao MH, Brainard M. Lesions of an avian basal ganglia circuit prevent context-dependent changes to song variability. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Sep; 96(3):1441-55. PMID: 16723412.
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    27. Kao MH, Doupe AJ, Brainard M. Contributions of an avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit to real-time modulation of song. Nature. 2005 Feb 10; 433(7026):638-43. PMID: 15703748.
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    28. Brainard M. Contributions of the anterior forebrain pathway to vocal plasticity. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Jun; 1016:377-94. PMID: 15313786.
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    29. Brainard M, Doupe AJ. What songbirds teach us about learning. Nature. 2002 May 16; 417(6886):351-8. PMID: 12015616.
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