Thomas Davidson

Research Specialist
Howard Hughes Medical Institute/University of California, San Francisco

Tom is a staff scientist in Loren Frank’s lab at UCSF. In order to record the activity of thousands of neurons across multiple sites in the behaving animal, we are developing: flexible, high-channel count polymer probes; >1000-channel recording systems; and new data storage, processing and analysis tools. We work closely with other teams in academia, private industry, US national labs, and private foundations like HHMI and the Flatiron Institute. Previously at MIT and Stanford, Tom pioneered the use of neural decoding methods to study the content of hippocampal ‘replay’ during sleep and rest, and led the development of fiber photometry (bulk Calcium imaging) from hand-built rigs to a turn-key commercially-available solution now in wide use. His undergraduate degree is in the history of science.