Jonathan E. Rubin, PhD

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics


(412) 624-8361


Education & Training

PhD, Brown University (Division of Applied Mathematics) (1996)


302 Thackeray Hall

Research Interest Summary

Theoretical and computational modeling of dynamics in neuronal networks.

Dr. Rubin's research focuses on computational modeling of networks of coupled neurons. He is particularly interested in how intrinsic cellular properties combine with synaptic properties, such as plasticity and architecture of connections, to generate neuronal activity patterns. Dr. Rubin is currently using simulations and theoretical analysis to elucidate how the modulation of such patterns contributes to movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, and to pacemaking, as occurs in respiratory rhythms. He also considers more abstract questions of how various network components interact to produce complicated dyamic patterns such as bursts and mixed-mode oscillations, often involving multiple timescales. 

Dunovan, K., Vich, C., Clapp, M., Verstynen, T., & Rubin, J. (2019). Reward-driven changes in striatal pathway competition shape evidence evaluation in decision-making. PLoS Computational Biology, 15(5), e1006998.


V.L. Corbit*, T.C. Whalen*, K.T. Zitelli, S.Y. Crilly, J.E. Rubin**, A.H. Gittis**, "Pallidostriatal projections promote beta oscillations in a dopamine-depleted biophysical network model", J. Neurosci., 36: 5556-5571, 2016.


B. Bacak, T. Kim, J.C. Smith, J.E. Rubin, and I.A. Rybak, "Mixed-mode oscillations and population bursting in the pre-Botzinger complex", eLife, 5 (2016): e13403. Access online.


B. Letson and J.E. Rubin, "A new frame for an old (phase) portrait: finding rivers and other flow features in the plane", SIAM. J. Appl. Dyn. Syst., 17(4), 2414-2445, 2018.


J.E. Rubin, "Computational models of basal ganglia dysfunction: the dynamics is in the details", Curr. Opin. Neurobiology, 46:127-135, 2017. 


J. Ausborn, A.C. Snyder, N.A. Shevtsova, I.A. Rybak, and J.E. Rubin, "State-dependent rhythmogenesis and frequency control in a half-center locomotor CPG", J. Neurophysiol., 119:96-117, 2018.