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Michael Bienkowski
Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship Trainee
USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics
STT 2001 N. SOTO Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7246


My scientific goals are to identify the structural organization of neural networks and then dissect the functional role of specific network circuits to understand how the circuits cooperate to produce animal behavior.


Hintiryan H, Foster NN, Bowman I, Bay M, Song MY, Gou L, Yamashita S, Bienkowski MS, Zingg B, Zhu M, Yang XW, Shih JC, Toga AW, Dong HW. The mouse cortico-striatal projectome. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Aug; 19(8):1100-14. View in: PubMed

Zingg B, Hintiryan H, Gou L, Song MY, Bay M, Bienkowski MS, Foster NN, Yamashita S, Bowman I, Toga AW, Dong HW. Neural networks of the mouse neocortex. Cell. 2014 Feb 27; 156(5):1096-111. View in: PubMed

Bienkowski MS, Wendel ES, Rinaman L. Organization of multisynaptic circuits within and between the medial and the central extended amygdala. J Comp Neurol. 2013 Oct 15; 521(15):3406-31. View in: PubMed

Bienkowski MS, Rinaman L. Common and distinct neural inputs to the medial central nucleus of the amygdala and anterior ventrolateral bed nucleus of stria terminalis in rats. Brain Struct Funct. 2013 Jan; 218(1):187-208. View in: PubMed

Bienkowski MS, Rinaman L. Immune challenge activates neural inputs to the ventrolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Physiol Behav. 2011 Aug 3; 104(2):257-65. View in: PubMed

Bienkowski MS, Rinaman L. Noradrenergic inputs to the paraventricular hypothalamus contribute to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and central Fos activation in rats after acute systemic endotoxin exposure. Neuroscience. 2008 Oct 28; 156(4):1093-102. View in: PubMed

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