Professor Blake A. Richards

Blake A. Richards

Assistant Professor



CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Systems Biology


D.Phil. University of Oxford 2010
M.Sc. University of Oxford 2007
B.Sc. University of Toronto 2004

Primary Undergraduate Department

Biological Sciences, UTSC

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Research Description

My lab studies the neurobiology of learning and memory. We take a multidisciplinary, circuit-level approach to examine how neurons encode information about our past experiences.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-208-2739
Office: SW525
Lab: SW527

Mailing Address

Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Visit lab’s website



Sensory-Evoked Spiking Behavior Emerges via an Experience-Dependent Plasticity Mechanism

van Rheede JJ, Richards BA, Akerman CJ
2015, Neuron, 87, 1050-62, 26335647

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Clonal Relationships Impact Neuronal Tuning within a Phylogenetically Ancient Vertebrate Brain Structure

Muldal AM, Lillicrap TP, Richards BA, Akerman CJ
2014, Current biology : CB, 24, 1929-33, 25127219

Neurons Are Recruited to a Memory Trace Based on Relative Neuronal Excitability Immediately before Training

Yiu AP, Mercaldo V, Yan C, Richards B, Rashid AJ, Hsiang HL, Pressey J, Mahadevan V, Tran MM, Kushner SA, Woodin MA, Frankland PW, Josselyn SA
2014, Neuron, 83, 722-35, 25102562

Patterns across multiple memories are identified over time

Richards BA, Xia F, Santoro A, Husse J, Woodin MA, Josselyn SA, Frankland PW
2014, Nature neuroscience, 17, 981-6, 24880213

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