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Jugoslava Acimovic

Senior Research Fellow
Jugoslava Acimovic

About me

I am a senior researcher in the Computational Neuroscience group (https://research.tuni.fi/computational-neuroscience/ ) which is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology at Tampere University. I graduated electrical engineering, focusing on signal processing and communication systems, at University of Belgrade, Serbia. I received a PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. During doctoral studies, I worked in the group of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems where I was trained in complex networks, machine learning and data analysis. My doctoral work focused on motor control in Parietal area 7a in the primate brain. 

I employ computational modeling, experimental data analysis and complex networks theory to explore the impact of cellular and network mechanisms on dynamical regimes and structural organization of cortical neuronal networks. My work explored how the morphometric properties of neurons and neuronal populations constrain their micro-level connectivity. I study how the structured connectivity, the excitation-inhibition balance and other cellular and network mechanisms modulate the global population dynamics. My recent work was a data-driven computational model of dynamical regimes found in dissociated cortical cultures in vitro under several experimental conditions. Currently, I explore the contribution of specific astrocytic mechanisms and astrocyte-neuron interaction in cortical circuits.

Responsibilities

  • Research tasks 
  • Supervision of student projects
  • Teaching computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics (as invited lecturer)