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 with download links, Pubmed, Google Scholar profile

Positions available

We currently have open postdoctoral positions available to study the neural basis of learning, memory and memory-based decision making at the single-neuron level in humans. PhD in neuroscience or closely related field and strong quantitative and programming skills are required. Interested applicants should contact Ueli Rutishauser (ueli.rutishauser@cshs.org) for more info. Please send a CV, personal statement and contact information for 3 referees. We also have open graduate student positions through Caltech. Currently admitted students can contact us to arrange a rotation, but new students will have to apply and be admitted through a graduate student program such as CNS first.

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

September 2017: We are very proud to have received an U01 award as part of the Brain Initiative
April 2017: Shuo Wang's new paper appeared in Nature Communications
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
Chrystal Reed, 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 (BCS), 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 and here for a group picture of all attendes. We anticipate that we will organize the 4th meeting in 2018 (again at Caltech before SFN).

Software downloads

We make available a number of open source software packages, including:
1. Spike detection and sorting package OSort
2. Neuralyx file format readers for Unix, MacOSX and similar NLXtools
3. Closed-loop realtime neurophysiology data processing package StimOMatic

Data downloads/sharing

We are sharing data of a number of our experiments. In the following, we provide links to the publicly available datasets.
1. NIMH NDAR data collection for data acquired as part of our NIMH R01.
2. NIMH NDAR data collection of the Conte Center we are part of.
3. Zenodo open archive of eye tracking data and model code for our binocular rivalry study Marx et al.
4. Single-neuron dataset of MTL memory-selective and visually-selective neurons: over 1000 neurons. This dataset is published in Rutishauser et al 2015 Nat Neurosci and the raw source data for all figures is available from the publishers website. Also, we have shared the full dataset with multiple individuals on a case-by-case basis and are prepared to share further (please contact us).
5. Example human single neuron recordings are provided as part of OSort.
6. WTA simulation code, which forms the basis of all WTA-based theory work we published.


Personal homepage
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Neuroscience Research
Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech