Welcome to the Rutishauser Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience

Ueli Rutishauser, PhD

Associate Professor
Neurosurgery, Neurology & Biomedical Sciences
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Visiting Faculty
Computation & Neural Systems, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
California Institute of Technology


List of publications, Pubmed, Google Scholar profile

Contact info

Cedars-Sinai Office: Advanced Health Science Pavilion, Room A6444; Lab A6441; Phone 310-967-8364. Profile E-mail.
Caltech Office: Moore Laboratory, Room 125; Phone 626-395-3474. Profile
Official Lab Website.

About me

PhD, 2008, Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology (with Erin Schuman and Christof Koch).
Post-doc, 2008-2010, California Institute of Technology (with Erin Schuman).
Post-doc, 2010-2012, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (with Gilles Laurent).
About me

Research Interests

We are investigating the neural mechanisms of learning, memory, and decision making. We are a systems neuroscience laboratory and use a combination of in-vivo single-unit electrophysiology in humans, intracranial electrocorticography, eye tracking, behavior, and computational and theoretical approaches. An overarching goal is to capitalize on special neurosurgical situations to advance knowledge of the human nervous system. We have helped pioneer the technique of human single-neuron recordings and continue to advance the tools, methods and surgical techniques that allow such experiments. Recent work has focused on the neural representation of novelty and familiarity in the human hippocampus, amygdala and basal ganglia, the theta rhythm, investigation of learning abnormalities in movement disorders, and the neural representation of faces and emotions in the amygdala.

Lab News

Februrary 2017: Jan Kaminski's new paper appeared in Nature Neuroscience
January 2017: Juri Minxha's new paper appeared in Cell Reports.
August 2016: The lab has been awarded a R01 through the NIMH BRAINS program, covering 2016-2021.
January 2016: Ueli Rutishauser is awarded a NSF CAREER Award, covering 2016-2021.
November 2015: Ueli Rutishauser receives a McKnight Endowment Memory and Cognitive Disorders 2016 Award.
September 2015: Ueli Rutishauser receives a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, covering 2016-2018.
June 2015: Our new paper just appeared in Nature Neuroscience.
April 2015: Our new preview on the posterior parietal cortex is out in Neuron
April 2015: Our new review on the human amygdala appeared in Trends in Neuroscience
January 2015: Our new theory paper appeared in PLOS Computational Biology
September 2014: Ueli Rutishauser is named a Allen Brain Institute Next Generation Leader
July 2014: Shuo Wang's PNAS paper appeared: Neurons in the Human Amygdala Selective for Perceived Emotion.
April 2014: Ueli Rutishauser is awarded the 2014 Troland Award by the National Academy of Science.
March 2014: Kurtis Birch is named a 2014 NREF Research Fellow.

Current group members

Our work is only possible because of a close collaboration between quantitative and experimental neuroscientists, neurologists and neurosurgeons -- combining science and medicine.

List of current members
List of Lab Alumni


Adam Mamelak, Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai
Jeffrey Chung, Neurology, Cedars-Sinai
Michele Tagliati, Neurology, Cedars-Sinai
Ralph Adolphs, Caltech
John O'Doherty, Caltech
Richard Andersen, Caltech
Rodney Douglas, ETHZ
Jean-Jacques Slotine, MIT
Wolfgang Einhaeuser, TU Chemnitz (Germany)
Wolfram Schultz, University of Cambridge (UK)
Katalin Gothard, University of Arizona
Nader Pouratian, UCLA


Our work is only possible because of generous funding by federal, foundation and internal sources. We greatfully acknowledge funding by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health (NIMH, NIDA, NINDS), Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery Career Development Funds, Pfeiffer Foundation, Brain & Behavior Foundation NARSAD grant, the McKnight Endowment for Neuroscience, and the NIH NIMH Conte Center at Caltech.

Human single neuron recordings conference

The 3rd human single neuron recordings conference took place at Caltech Nov 10-11 2016. See here for the program and speakers. We anticipate that the 4th meeting will be organized in 2018.


Personal homepage
Software downloads (OSort, NLX file readers, StimOMatic)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Neuroscience Research
Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Last updated: 10/2016