Santa Clara University

Physics department

John Birmingham

Associate Professor, Chair
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 551 - 7185 (voice)
(408) 554 - 6965 (fax)

Professor Birmingham received an A.B. degree in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. In 1996, he received a Ph.D. from the University California at Berkeley, where he studied the heat capacity of quantum adsorbates and the far-infrared properties of high-Tc superconductors. After graduate school, he spent four years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University where he worked in an interdisciplinary neuroscience laboratory. Professor Birmingham uses physiological and computational approaches to study how sensory neurons encode information in trains of voltage impulses, and how the codes themselves can be modified to improve sensor performance.

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