Ilya A. Rybak, Ph.D.

Professor

Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Drexel Univ. College of Medicine
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Tel: (215) 991-8596
Email: rybak@drexel.edu

Our long-term goal is to investigate and understand the key issue of neural control of movement: how different cellular, network and systems neural mechanisms are integrated across multiple levels of organization to produce motor behavior and to adapt this behavior to various external and internal conditions.

Investigations of the brainstem neural mechanisms responsible for neural control of breathing and neural circuits in the spinal cord involved in control of locomotion provide a unique and attractive opportunity to develop and investigate comprehensive computational models that can bring into a uniform framework the existing experimental data and current hypotheses related to different levels of systems organization and behavior.



Our modeling studies are performed in close interactive collaboration with multiple leading experimental laboratories located in different universities, states and countries