Hannah Wirtshafter

In vivo electrophys. Systems Neuro.
Hippocampus. Postdoc.


Hi! I am a systems neuroscientist and NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in John Disterhoft’s lab.

I received my PhD in biology at MIT working with Matt Wilson. My research focuses on the role of the hippocampus and downstream brain areas, such as the lateral septum, in memory and decision making during spatial tasks, navigation, and conditioning. I am particularly interested in how these areas inform context dependent and independent learning and responses. To answer these questions, I primarily employ in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and animal behavior.

Selected Publications

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Disterhoft, J. F. "Place cells are non-randomly clustered by field location in CA1 hippocampus." (2022). https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.03.15.484476v1

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Disterhoft, J. F. "In Vivo Multi-Day Calcium Imaging of CA1 Hippocampus in Freely Moving Rats Reveals a High Preponderance of Place Cells with Consistent Place Fields." Journal of Neuroscience: 42 (22) 4538-4554. (2022). https://www.jneurosci.org/content/42/22/4538.abstract

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Wilson, M. A. "Artificial intelligence insights into hippocampal processing." Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience: 07 (2022) https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fncom.2022.1044659/

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Wilson, M. A. “Lateral Septum as a Nexus for Mood, Motivation, and Movement.” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews: Volume 126, 544-559, (2021). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149763421001469

Wirtshafter, H. S., Quan, M., & Wilson, M. A. “Dissociating Behavior and Spatial Working Memory Demands Using an H Maze.” Bio-protocol 11(5): e3947, (2021). https://bio-protocol.org/e3947

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Wilson, M. A. “Differences in reward biased spatial representations in the lateral septum and hippocampus.” Elife. 9. E55252, (2020). https://elifesciences.org/articles/55252.pdf

Wirtshafter, H. S. & Wilson, M. A. “Locomotor and Hippocampal Processing Converge in the Lateral Septum.” Current biology: CB 29, 3177-3192 e3173, (2019). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982219310152