The van der Meer lab, part of the Department of Biology and the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, is committed to advancing our understanding of the brain.

We do this through four focus areas:

(1) Research into the fundamental brain mechanisms that underlie the interplay between learning, memory, and decision-making (see also the gallery and publication list).

(2) Providing a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary training environment for entry-level undergraduate projects, graduate degrees, and post-doctoral fellows.

(3) Application of innovative, interactive teaching methods in undergraduate and graduate courses.

(4) Outreach activities, such as those through Shad Valley and Let's Talk Science.


Starting January 2015, the lab is moving to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Sep 2013: Welcome to Alyssa Carey (MSc student) and Jimmie Gmaz (PhD student)!

Jan 2013: Welcome to Eric Carmichael, who joins the lab as a PhD student!

Nov 2012: Chris Eliasmith's group at Waterloo has developed the largest functional model of the brain (Science paper, press coverage).

Oct 2012: MvdM research talks at the Rotman Institute and Douglas Center for Mental Health

Oct 2012: Welcome to Julien Catanese, who joins the lab on a FYSSEN post-doctoral fellowship!

Aug 2012: Two graduate student positions available!

Jul 2012: lab receives a research infrastructure award from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Research Fund

Jun 2012: paper on theta sequences published in Nature Neuroscience

Apr 2012: lab receives a Discovery Grant from NSERC; Sushant receives CGS-M scholarship

Mar 2012: MvdM research talks at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Amsterdam, and INCF Canadian Neuroinformatics Workshop, Vancouver

Nov 2011: two review papers on decision making systems and theta phase precession in press

Oct 2011: MvdM research talk at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon

Aug 2011: MvdM named Canada Research Chair (NSERC, Tier II)

Jul 2011: MvdM research talk at NIDA, Baltimore

Mar 2011: MvdM research talks at the CoSyNe workshops and Wilfrid Laurier University

Mar 2011: Review paper on theories of ventral striatal function in press at Current Opinion in Neurobiology

Jan 2011: Rob Cross (Biology) and Sushant Malhotra (Systems Design Engineering) join the lab