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Ryan Williamson MD, PhD

  • Resident, UPMC Medical Education, Pittsburgh, PA

    Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh, MD, 2022
  • Carnegie Mellon University, PhD, 2019
  • Brigham Young University, BS, 2013
Representative Publications

Williamson RC, Cowley BR, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Kohn A, Smith MA, Yu BM. 2016. Scaling Properties of Dimensionality Reduction for Neural Populations and Network Models. PLoS Comput Biol. PMID: 27926936.

Bittner SR, Williamson RC, Snyder AC, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Chase SM, Smith MA, Yu BM. 2017. Population activity structure of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. PLoS One. PMID: 28817581.

Cowley B, Williamson R, Clemens K, Smith M, Yu B. (2017) Adaptive Sampling for a Population of Neurons. Neural Information Processing Systems Conference. Accepted.

Williamson RC, Doiron B, Smith MA, Yu BM. Bridging large-scale neuronal recordings and large-scale network models using dimensionality reduction. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2019 Apr;55:40-47. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.12.009. Epub 2019 Jan 22. PMID: 30677702; PMCID: PMC6548625.

Issar D, Williamson RC, Khanna SB, Smith MA. A neural network for online spike classification that improves decoding accuracy. J Neurophysiol. 2020 Apr 1;123(4):1472-1485. doi: 10.1152/jn.00641.2019. Epub 2020 Feb 26. PMID: 32101491; PMCID: PMC7191521.

Cowley BR, Snyder AC, Acar K, Williamson RC, Yu BM, Smith MA. Slow Drift of Neural Activity as a Signature of Impulsivity in Macaque Visual and Prefrontal Cortex. Neuron. 2020 Nov 11;108(3):551-567.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.07.021. Epub 2020 Aug 17. PMID: 32810433.

Mortensen, P., Enzor, R., Keppel, K., Williamson, R., Jones, P., Nkrumah, G., Safiullah, Z., Michelson, S., Nadimpalli, S., Shue, A., Waxman, E. The Ophthalmology Mini-Elective Gives Vision to Preclinical Medical Students. MedEdPortal. 2020.

Career Advisor
Russell Schwartz, PhD
Thesis Advisor
Matthew Smith, PhD
Neural Computation (CMU)
Dissertation Title

Dissecting neural variability using population recordings, network models, and neurofeedback  

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