# Carina Curto

### Professor of Mathematics

- 331 McAllister
- ccurto@psu.edu
- (814) 863-9119

## Research Summary

Mathematics applied to and arising from theoretical and computational neuroscience. Neural network theory and neural coding. Applied algebra, topology, and geometry.

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Neurons Brain Topology Synapses Neuroscience Ring Fixed Point Hippocampus Pyramidal Cells Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells Nonlinear Dynamics Neurosciences Information Theory Neuron Light Calculi Patch Clamp Techniques Completion Code Threefolds Neural Networks (Computer) Calmodulin Population Linear Models Homomorphism## Most Recent Papers

#### Neural Ring Homomorphisms and Maps Between Neural Codes

Carina Pamela Curto, Nora Youngs, 2020, on p. 163-180

#### Relating network connectivity to dynamics

Carina Curto, Katherine Morrison, 2019, Current Opinion in Neurobiology on p. 11-20

#### Algebraic signatures of convex and non-convex codes

Carina Pamela Curto, Elizabeth Gross, Jack Jeffries, Katherine Morrison, Zvi Rosen, Anne Shiu, Nora Youngs, 2019, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra on p. 3919-3940

#### Predicting Neural Network Dynamics via Graphical Analysis

K Morrison, Carina Curto, 2019, ALGEBRAIC AND COMBINATORIAL COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY on p. 241-277

#### Fixed points of competitive threshold-linear networks

Carina Curto, Jesse Geneson, Katherine Morrison, 2019, Neural Computation on p. 94-155

#### Analysis of Combinatorial Neural Codes: An Algebraic Approach

Carina Curto, Alan Veliz-Cuba, Nora Youngs, 2019, ALGEBRAIC AND COMBINATORIAL COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY on p. 213-240

#### What makes a neural code convex?

Carina Curto, Elizabeth Gross, Jack Jeffries, Katherine Morrison, Mohamed Omar, Zvi Rosen, Anne Shiu, Nora Youngs, 2017, SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry on p. 222-238

#### What can topology tell us about the neural code?

Carina Pamela Curto, 2017, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society on p. 63-78

#### Pattern completion in symmetric threshold-linear networks

Carina Curto, Katherine Morrison, 2016, Neural Computation on p. 2825-2852

#### Modeling and measurement of vesicle pools at the cone ribbon synapse

Wallace B. Thoreson, Matthew J. Van hook, Caitlyn Parmelee, Carina Pamela Curto, 2016, Synapse on p. 1-14

## Most-Cited Papers

#### Clique topology reveals intrinsic geometric structure in neural correlations

Chad Giusti, Eva Pastalkova, Carina Pamela Curto, Vladimir Itskov, 2015, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 13455-13460

#### Cell assembly sequences arising from spike threshold adaptation keep track of time in the hippocampus

Vladimir Itskov, Carina Pamela Curto, Eva Pastalkova, György Buzsáki, 2011, Journal of Neuroscience on p. 2828-2834

#### The neural ring: An algebraic tool for analyzing the intrinsic structure of neural codes

Carina Pamela Curto, Vladimir Itskov, Alan Veliz-Cuba, Nora Youngs, 2013, The Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics on p. 1571-1611

#### How do neurons work together? Lessons from auditory cortex

Kenneth D. Harris, Peter Bartho, Paul Chadderton, Carina Pamela Curto, Jaime de la Rocha, Liad Hollender, Vladimir Itskov, Artur Luczak, Stephan L. Marguet, Alfonso Renart, Shuzo Sakata, 2011, Hearing Research on p. 37-53

#### What can topology tell us about the neural code?

Carina Pamela Curto, 2017, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society on p. 63-78

#### What makes a neural code convex?

Carina Curto, Elizabeth Gross, Jack Jeffries, Katherine Morrison, Mohamed Omar, Zvi Rosen, Anne Shiu, Nora Youngs, 2017, SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry on p. 222-238

#### Calmodulin enhances ribbon replenishment and shapes filtering of synaptic transmission by cone photoreceptors

Matthew J. van Hook, Caitlyn M. Parmelee, Minghui Chen, Karlene M. Cork, Carina Pamela Curto, Wallace B. Thoreson, 2014, Journal of General Physiology on p. 357-378

#### Combinatorial neural codes from a mathematical coding theory perspective

Carina Curto, Vladimir Itskov, Katherine Morrison, Zachary Roth, Judy L. Walker, 2013, Neural Computation on p. 1891-1925

#### Modeling and measurement of vesicle pools at the cone ribbon synapse

Wallace B. Thoreson, Matthew J. Van hook, Caitlyn Parmelee, Carina Pamela Curto, 2016, Synapse on p. 1-14

#### Threefold flops via matrix factorization

Carina Pamela Curto, David R. Morrison, 2013, Journal of Algebraic Geometry on p. 599-627

## News Articles Featuring Carina Curto

Jun 29, 2020

## Penn State faculty members express concerns regarding university’s fall reopening plan

While Penn State faculty and staff feel a return to in-person instruction will benefit students academically, it may not be worth the health risks posed by the coronavirus.

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Apr 21, 2020

## The Theorem That Applies to Everything from Search Algorithms to Epidemiology

On a recent episode of our podcast My Favorite Theorem, my cohost Kevin Knudson and I talked with Carina Curto, a mathematician at Penn State University who specializes on mathematics applied to biology and neuroscience. You can listen to the episode here or at kpknudson.com, where there is also a transcript.

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