Buffalo Lab Posters at SFN 2019


Buffalo Lab Posters at SFN 2018


Even More New People!

New Postdoctoral Researcher Anna Jafarpour joins the lab.  Welcome, Anna!

New People

New Postdoctoral Researcher Adam Dede joins the lab.  Welcome, Adam!


New People

New Graduate students Gabriel Obregon-Henao and Aaron Garcia join the lab.  Welcome, Gabriel and Aaron!

Dr. Buffalo Elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

12 University of Washington scientists and engineers, including our own Beth Buffalo, have been Elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.  Congratulations!  Read more in UW's August 1, 2016 article here

New Article about Buffalo Lab VR Research

The UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center published an article about our projects in which animals navigate virtual scenes in order to elucidate MTL activity corresponding with navigation and spatial memory.  Featured on the Brain Wellness Center's site here, as well as the May/June issue of King County Medical Society's 'The Bulletin' here, check it out!

Gaming the Memory System - May 02 2016   , Genevieve Wanucha   ~ UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center

Gaming the Memory System - May 02 2016, Genevieve Wanucha
~ UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center

New People

Postdoctoral Researcher Jon Rueckemann joins the lab.  Welcome, Jon!


Buffalo Lab Publishes Review Paper on How Memory is Linked to Looking Behavior

"Getting directions from the hippocampus: The neural connection between looking and memory"  is a review paper written by Miriam Meister and Elizabeth Buffalo on how looking behavior is guided by memory. The review discusses the behavioral and neural evidence for memory's guidance of eye movement, as well as the future research required to understand the neural basis of this guidance, which leads to answering the bigger question: What neural mechanics allow memory to adaptively inform our behavior?

Yoni receives NSF fellowship

A big congrats to Yoni Browning for being awarded an NSF fellowship!  

New Article, "Public symposium features UW experts on ‘Reverse-engineering the brain’"

An article detailing a symposium and panel, including Dr. Buffalo,  where the ways deconstructing neural processes advances engineering were discussed March 19th 2015 .  Read more here


UW Medicine Newsletter Feature

The Fall'14 UW Medicine newsletter made a mention of Dr. Buffalo leading a multidisciplinary memory research effort involving epilepsy and Parkinson's disease patients and electrical stimulation in a blurb titled "New ways to restore memory.'  Give it a look here!

New Article, "Technology tapped to try to restore Memory"

Published by UW Health Science's NewsBeat July 15th, this article discusses the Buffalo Lab's involvement in the DARPA-funded project which supports Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative.  Read here

New Article, "Beth Buffalo leads DARPA-funded program to restore memory loss"

Published by The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Scholars Program in Integrative Biophysics at the University of Washington, this article describes a DARPA-funded collaboration between Dr.s Buffalo (Physiology and Biophysics), Ojemann (Neurology), and Kutz (Applied Mathematics)  to "develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in individuals who suffer from memory loss."

"'Our goal is to identify patterns of neural activity that are associated with optimal memory function and then recreate those activity patterns through brain stimulation in order to restore normal function in patients with memory disorders,' said Buffalo."

Read the article here

Great Lecture Series Coming to UW this Fall

Posted on July 23, 2014

Check out this Lecture Series, Hacking the Brain to Reveal, Repair, & Rebuild. Our own Beth Buffalo will be giving the October 22nd Lecture. Come join us and learn more about what this lab and other neuroscience labs at the UW are learning about our amazing brains.

Exciting Neuroscience to be Presented at SFN this Year

Posted on July 23, 2014

  • Social relevance drives viewing behavior independent of low-level salience in rhesus macaques

  • Theta activity in the monkey hippocampus during virtual navigation

  • Grid cells reflect the locus of attention, even in the absence of movement

  • Entorhinal inter-laminar coupling underlies the encoding and recognition of visual stimuli

Read the abstracts here, and join us in the other Washington (D.C.) in November for Neuroscience 2014.

Dr. Drew Solyst becomes First in his Class to Defend

Posted on April 5, 2014

On June 5, 2014, our own Dr. Drew Solyst became the first in his class to defend. For the next stage of his training, Drew plans to do a post-doc at the University of Arizona with Dr. Kati Gothard under a NIH training grant. He will be studying how central oxytocin alters social behavior in monkeys

Buffalo Lab Publishes Methods Paper on Analysis of Eye Movements

Posted on April 5, 2014

Graduate student Seth Kӧnig and Dr. Buffalo published A nonparametric method for detecting fixations and saccades using cluster analysis: Removing the need for arbitrary thresholds in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods. The paper explains a novel method to analyze highly variable scan paths using a clustering analysis. Matlab code for the algorithm can be download here.


Buffalo Lab Moves to Seattle

Posted on October 30, 2013

The Buffalo Lab is now part of the Physiology and Biophysics Department and the Washington National Primate Research Center at the University of Washington in beautiful Seattle. We are getting settled in, and are excited about the new opportunities and riding our bikes in the Seattle mist.

Buffalo Lab Publishes Two New Papers on Oscillatory Activity

Posted on October 30, 2013

Oscillatory activity in the monkey hippocampus during visual exploration and memory formation, was published in the August 6th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Written by Michael Jutras, Pascal Fries, and Elizabeth Buffalo, the paper explores a link between theta-band (3-12 Hz) oscillatory activity in the hippocampus and saccadic activity in monkeys performing a recognition memory task. The other paper, Oscillatory correlates of memory in non-human primates, published in NeuroImage discusses the specific role of neural oscillations in memory, and how neural activity may be organized to promote memory formation. In it Michael Jutras and Elizabeth Buffalo relate how key aspects of this activity may be similar across species.

Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center: A Family Affair 2012

Posted on May 16, 2013

Some of Dr. Buffalo's work was recently featured in a promotional video for Emory University's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center:

ION @ Yerkes 2013 Accepting Applications

Posted on February 11, 2013

Institute on Neuroscience (ION)@Yerkes 2013 is now accepting applications. This is a summer neuroscience research program open to high school students and middle and high school science teachers. More info here.


New Publication: A Map of Visual Space in the Primate Entorhinal Cortex

Posted on October 30, 2012

Check out our new publication in NatureA Map of Visual Space in the Primate Entorhinal Cortex, in which we demonstrated the existence of grid cells in the primate entorhinal cortex.

UPDATE: Emory's press release is here and Dr. Buffalo gave an interview to redOrbit here.

UPDATE II: Another piece of press over at Inside Science.

Dr. Buffalo Awareded Tenure

Posted on September 01, 2012

Dr. Buffalo has been promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology and awarded tenure.

Gordon Research Conference

Posted on August 09, 2012

The Buffalo Lab had a presence at the Gordon Research Conference on the Neurobiology of Cognition in Italy last month. Seth Koenig, a graduate student rotating in the lab, presented a poster titled "Predicting Viewing Patterns in Macaques using Salience Detection and a Random Walk Process". It's posted here.

Funding for High School Summer Research Program

Posted on February 23, 2012

Dr. Buffalo, along with Dr. Kyle Frantz and Dr. Chris Goode, has been awarded funding from the Emory Neuroscience Initiative to direct the Institute on Neuroscience (ION)@Yerkes, a Summer research program for high school students and high school science teachers. More info here.

Our High School Intern Scores First Place in Science Fair

Posted on February 13, 2012

Congratulations to our Gwinett School of Math, Science and Technology Senior Intern, Esther Tonea, for a First Place in the science fair.


Postdoctoral Position in Primate Neurophysiology

Posted on November 11, 2011

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

A postdoctoral position funded by the NIH is immediately available at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory University to study the neural mechanisms underlying memory formation and retrieval in awake, behaving monkeys. The project, led by Elizabeth Buffalo,will involve single neuron and LFP recordings as well as microstimulation and inactivation of medial temporal lobe areas involved in memory. The candidate must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Computational Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. The ideal candidate would have research experience in animal psychophysics and/or systems neurophysiology, and should have experience in computer programming (e.g., Matlab, C). Outstanding candidates from other neuroscience disciplines will be considered and should apply. The salary will be commensurate with the NIH guidelines and includes benefits.

To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vita, including contact information of 2 references, to Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo ( For further information, send your request to the same e-mail address. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Drew Recieves New Scholarship, Website Update

Posted on September 6, 2011

Drew Solyst is the 2011 recipient of the Alumni Doctoral Scholarship from his alma mater, St. Mary's College of Maryland. The scholarship was established in 2011 to benefit graduating students or alumni who pursue scholarly research at doctoral granting institutions. He would like to acknowledge the St. Mary's faculty in the psychology and neuroscience departments for their outstanding dedication to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

We've added a How to Get Involved section to this website with instructions for how to apply to be an undergraduate intern in the Buffalo lab.

NeuroInitiative Grant

Posted on July 12, 2011

$40,000 has been awarded to the Buffalo lab by the Emory Neuroscience Initiative as part of a collaborative pilot project with the labs of Drs. Larry Young, Lisa Parr, Tig Rainnie and Robert Liu. The $150,000 grant will be examining the role of the oxytocin system in social cognition and memory in rodents and monkeys using behavioral, molecular and neurophysiological approaches.

New Publication, New Funding

Posted on June 28, 2011

Mike Jutras was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship, the Levey T32 institutional training grant "Training in Translational Research in Neurology". Under Donald Rainnie and Kimfor Meador, he will be studying memory and emotional processing by using recordings from intracranial electrodes to look at the neural circuitry of the temporal lobe in patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. And under Helen Mayberg, he will be using recording data obtained from the anterior cingulate cortex during deep brain stimulation in patients with severe depression to investigate oscillatory activity and synchronization in the brain and correlates with mood and emotion.

Laura Kalkios, an undergraduate in our lab, was accepted into the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory(SURE), which allows her to conduct supervised research full time over the summer. More info about the program here.

And we have a new paper out:

  • Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Pascal Fries, Rogier Landman, Timothy J. Buschman, and Robert Desimone. Laminar differences in gamma and alpha coherence in the ventral stream. PNAS 2011 : 1011284108v1-201011284. [PDF]

Dr. Mike Jutras

Posted on June 10, 2011

Congratulations to Mike on being our lab's first graduate student to complete his PhD!

Elizabeth Beth Buffalo Lab University of Washington UW Neuroscience Hippocampus Memory Monkey Macaque

NAS 2011 Troland Research Award

Posted on January 26, 2011

Dr. Buffalo has been selected as one of two recipients of the National Academy of Sciences 2011 Troland Research Award.

Click here and here for more information

Recognition for Students in Our Lab

Posted on January 4, 2011

William Li has been recently selected as an International Research Experience in the Sciences (IRES) scholar for the summer of 2011. This award will allow him to do research abroad in the lab of Maltias Palva at the University of Helsinki in Finland ( In the fall of 2010, William was selected for the SIRE Grants program, alloting a total of $1,000 in grant money to work on his projects.

Drew Solyst has been selected for a fellowship through the Scholars Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (SPINR). The goal of the SPINR is to foster and train students whose research crosses disciplines in neuroscience. Financial support from SPINR will be supporting research integrating neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, psychology and behavioral ecology approaches used in the Buffalo and Parr labs to investigate the neurophysiological mechanisms of social memory in rhesus macaques.

Michael Jutras has been selected to give a lecture for the Frontiers for Neuroscience seminar series on February 11, 2011 as part of the Neuroscience Program recruitment weekend.


Posters From 2010 Society for Neuroscience Conference in San Diego, CA

Posted on December 21, 2010

  • M.J. Jutras, N.J. Killian, P. Fries, and E.A. Buffalo Memory Formation is Predicted By Theta-Band Phase in the Monkey Hippocampus. Society for Neuroscience, 2010. [PDF]

  • N.J. Killian and E.A. Buffalo. The Time Course of Gamma-Band Synchronization Across Layers of the Macaque Entorhinal Cortex. Society for Neuroscience, 2010. [PDF]

  • J.A. Solyst, M.J. Jutras, M.L. Tompkins, and E.A. Buffalo. Face-Preferring Neurons in the Monkey Hippocampus. Society for Neuroscience, 2010. [PDF]