Burke Rosen

Burke Rosen

Hey there. I'm a neurosciences post-doc in the lab of Profs. David van Essen and Mathew Glasser at Washington University in St. Louis. My current research is mainly focused on quantitatively evaluating inter-species and interareal homology between regions of the cortex. My doctoral thesis was on structural and functional connectivity of the human cortex, as examined with diffusion MRI and intra-cranial depth electrode recordings in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. My advisor was Prof. Eric Halgren at UC San Diego. In addition to my primary lines of inquiry, I have some tangentially-related projects looking at the transcriptional markers of evolutionarily-recent cortical expansion and producing synthetic M/EEG, as well as an older series of work investigating acute alcohol intoxication and executive function with MEG. More broadly, I'm interested in data-driven approaches to observing the structure, function, and evolution of human cortex.

Select Publications

  • Rosen BQ, Halgren E (2022) An estimation of the absolute number of axons indicates that human cortical areas are sparsely connected. PLOS Biology 20(3): e3001575. Open Access, EurekAlert!, neurosciencenews
  • Rosen BQ, Halgren E (2021) A Whole-Cortex Probabilistic Diffusion Tractography Connectome. eNeuro 8(1):ENEURO.0416-20.202. Open Access
  • Dickey CW, Verzhbinsky IA, Jiang X, Rosen BQ, Kajfez S, Stedelin B, Shih JJ, Ben-Haim S, Raslan AM, Eskandar EN, Gonzalez-Martinez J, Cash SS, Halgren E. Widespread ripples synchronize human cortical activity during sleep, waking, and memory recall. (2022) PNAS Open Access

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Downloadable Data & Resources

  • Whole cortex diffusion MRI connectivity matrices for 1,065 individuals of the WU-Minn Human Connectome Project cohort in the Glasser 360 parcellation
  • An estimation of the number of axons in the above connectivity matrices.
  • A two lecture introduction to basic digital signal processing for neuroscience, originally for a student-run course, with accompanying quizes and problem sets. Sorry about the pre-pandemic audio quality.

Fun Facts

  • The weakly electric elephantnose fish has the largest brain-to-body oxygen use ratio of all vertebrates. I tried to keep one in the lab aquarium, but was unsuccessful.
  • A primitive EEG system can be cobbled together from an Arduino and $35 mattel toy.
  • I've been to all 58 of my home state of California's counties.
  • According to Neurotree, there are 88 generations of mentor-mentee relationships in the direct line of decent from John the Baptist to me. Notable links in the chain include Charles Sherrington and Albertus Magnus. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.


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