Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT:
Ph.D. Thesis: "Scaling of unitary synaptic strength in the context of network dynamics."

Artificial Intelligence - Cornell
Masters Project: "Parallel methods for searching complex spaces."

Neurobiology - Cornell
Undergraduate Honors Thesis: "A computational model for sound discrimination in the vertebrate nervous system."


El-Boustani S, Wilson NR, Runyan CA, Sur M. (2014) Interneuron subtypes and orientation tuning.
Nature 508: 7494 (Brief Communication).

Wilson NR, Schummers JM, Runyan CA, Yan SX, Chen RF, Deng Y, Sur M. (2013) Two-way communication with neural networks in vivo using directed light.
Nature Protocols 8: 1184–1203.

Roy D, Tjandra Y, Mergenthaler K, Petravicz J, Runyan CA, Wilson NR, Sur M, Obermayer K. (2013) Afferent specificity, feature specific connectivity influence orientation selectivity: A computational study in mouse primary visual cortex.
arXiv 1301.0996 [q-bio.NC].

Wilson NR, Runyan CR, Wang FL, Sur M. (2012) Division and subtraction by distinct cortical inhibitory networks in vivo.
Nature 488: 343-348 (Article).

Wilson NR, Sur M. (2011). Determinants of synaptic and circuit plasticity in the cerebral cortex.
MIT Press. Cerebral Plasticity, New Perspectives. (Book Chapter / Review).

Runyan CA, Van Wart A, Schummers JM, Kuhlman SJ, Wilson NR, Huang JZ, Sur M. (2010). Response features of parvalbumin-expressing interneurons suggest precise roles for subtypes of inhibition in visual cortex.
Neuron 67: 847-857.

Wilson NR, Tropea D, Giacometti E, Beard C, McCurry C, Fu D, Flannery R, Jaenisch R, Sur M. (2009). Partial reversal of Rett syndrome-like symptoms in MeCP2 mutant mice.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 2029-2034.

Wilson NR, Ty M, Ingber DE, Sur M, Liu G (2007). Synaptic reorganization in scaled networks of controlled size.
Journal of Neuroscience 27: 13581-13589. (Cover Article).

** See commentary in "Editor's Choice"
Science 21 December 2007, 1835.

Wilson NR, Kang J, Hueske EV, Leung T, Varoqui H, Murnick JG, Erickson JD, Liu G (2005) Presynaptic regulation of quantal size by the vesicular glutamate transporter VGLUT1.
Journal of Neuroscience 25: 6221-6234.

Sala C, Piech V, Wilson NR, Passafaro M, Liu G, Sheng M (2001) Regulation of dendritic spine morphology and synaptic function by Shank and Homer.
Neuron 31: 115-130 (Cover Article).

Wilson NR, Bodnar DA, Skovira JF, Land BR (2001). Processing of auditory midbrain interspike intervals by model neurons.
Journal of Computational Neuroscience 10: 151-172.

Wilson NR, Wang FL, Yan SX, Chen N, Daitch AL, Shi B, Sharma S, Sur M. "Matrix stimulation" of neural networks through parallel communication channels reveals novel forms of circuit plasticity. In Preparation.

Van Wart A, Wilson NR, Sur M. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha is a molecular substrate for experience-dependent scaling of visual circuits in vivo. In Preparation.


Implantable neural networks

Functional characterization of neurons and glial cells differentiated from neural progenitor cells

Treatment of Rett syndrome and other disorders

Electronic communication clarifier

Systems and methods for providing recommendations based on collaborative and/or content-based nodal interrelationships

Systems and methods for providing recommendations based on collaborative and/or content-based nodal interrelationships - continuation

Systems and methods for providing enhanced neural network genesis and recommendations

Systems and methods for providing spatially segmented recommendations

Apparatus and method for providing harmonized recommendations based on an integrated user profile


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Teaching: Numerous courses at undergraduate and graduate level; Walle Nauta Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (department award), School of Science Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Advising (university award), MIT.

Writing: Opinion Columnist, Cornell Daily Sun, 1997-2000; Columnist of the Year 2000.

Music: Cello - 20+ years performance, symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles; experience as soloist and section lead.

Outdoors: Eagle Scout.