Skip to Content

Joseph Monaco, PhD

The JHU shield is shown over a grey background.
Research Interests: Computational neuroscience, spatial cognition, neural codes, synchronization, dynamical systems, network models
Lab Website: Zhang Lab
Research Interests

Research Interests

Joseph Monaco is a computational neuroscientist who uses theory, modeling, and analysis to address questions of biological function and mechanism arising from a dynamical perspective of neural circuits and behavior. His research has focused on spatial cognition and memory in mammals, including the cells, circuits, neural codes, and dynamics of the hippocampus and related structures. His research is currently focused on models of memory reactivation during waking and sleeping states to help understand the neural dynamics that are crucial to life-long learning and behavioral adaptation. In collaboration with the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, he has been developing potential technological applications for these neural dynamics in self-organized control of artificial autonomous systems.



  • PhD, Neurobiology & Behavior, Columbia University, 2009
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Virginia, 2003
  • BA, Cognitive Science, University of Virginia, 2003

Read the Johns Hopkins University privacy statement here.