Ethan S. Bromberg-Martin

Senior Scientist
Department of Neuroscience
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


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Web: www.bromberg-martin.com

Education and Training

Senior Scientist in the Department of Neuroscience at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
(2017 – present)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University.
(2014 – 2017)

Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Okihide Hikosaka at the National Eye Institute.
(2009 – 2013)

Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Brown University and the National Eye Institute
Thesis: The Role of Dopamine in Information-Seeking (Advisor: Okihide Hikosaka)
(2005 – 2009)

Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology at Brown University, magna cum laude
Thesis: Partial-Order Alignment of RNA Structures (Advisor: Franco Preparata)
(2001 – 2005)


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Blanchard TC, Hayden BY*, Bromberg-Martin ES*.   (* co-senior authors)
Orbitofrontal cortex uses distinct codes for different choice attributes in decisions motivated by curiosity
Neuron (2015), Vol. 85, no. 3, pp 602-614.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
Lateral habenula neurons signal errors in the prediction of reward information
Nature Neuroscience (2011), Vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 1209-1216.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Dopamine in motivational control: rewarding, aversive, and alerting
Neuron (2010) Vol. 68, no. 5, pp. 815-834.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Nakahara H, Hikosaka O.
Multiple timescales of memory in lateral habenula and dopamine neurons
Neuron (2010) Vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 499-510.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Distinct tonic and phasic anticipatory activity in lateral habenula and dopamine neurons
Neuron (2010) Vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 144-155.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hong S, Hikosaka O.
A pallidus-habenula-dopamine pathway signals inferred stimulus values
Journal of Neurophysiology (2010), Vol. 104, no. 2, pp. 1068-1076.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O, Nakamura K.
Coding of task reward value in the dorsal raphe nucleus.
Journal of Neuroscience (2010), Vol. 30, no. 18, pp. 6262-6272.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
Midbrain dopamine neurons signal preference for advance information about upcoming rewards.
Neuron (2009) Vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 119-126.

Hikosaka O, Bromberg-Martin E, Hong S, Matsumoto M.
New insights on the subcortical representation of reward.
Current Opinion in Neurobiology (2008) Vol. 18, pp. 203-208.


Conference Presentations

Charpentier CJ, Bromberg-Martin ES, Sharot T.
Deciding to know: information prediction errors and value in the human brain
(2016) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 42: 648.21.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Merel J, Blanchard TC, Hayden BY.
Distinct neural processes for appetitive and informational rewards
(2016) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 42: 452.01.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Platt ML, Barack DL.
Information seeking is driven by two types of uncertainty
(2016) Cosyne Abstracts 2016, Salt Lake City USA.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Merel J, Blanchard TC, Hayden BY.
Distinct neural processes for appetitive and informational rewards
(2015) Cosyne Abstracts 2015, Salt Lake City USA.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
Ventral pallidum neurons signal an information-induced bias in handling reward uncertainty
(2014) Cosyne Abstracts 2014, Salt Lake City USA.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Lateral habenula neurons encode risky rewards with distinct tonic and phasic motivational signals.
(2012) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 38: 295.07.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
What does information seeking tell us about reinforcement learning?
(2012) Cosyne Abstracts 2012, Salt Lake City USA.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hong S, Hikosaka O.
A pallidus-habenula-dopamine pathway transmits both motivational and visuospatial signals.
(2011) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 37: 732.11.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Distinct tonic and phasic anticipation of rewards and punishments in lateral habenula and dopamine neurons.
(2010) Frontiers in Addiction Research (NIDA mini-convention at SFN), poster 37.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Distinct tonic and phasic anticipation of rewards and punishments in lateral habenula and dopamine neurons.
(2010) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 36: 916.24.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
Lateral habenula neuron encoding of information prediction errors.
(2009) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 35: 683.11.

Bromberg-Martin E, Matsumoto M, Nakamura K, Nakahara H, Hikosaka O.
Multiple timescales of reward memory in lateral habenula and midbrain dopamine neurons.
(2009) Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: Computational and systems neuroscience.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Hikosaka O.
Midbrain dopamine neurons signal preference for advance information about upcoming rewards.
(2008) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 34: 691.23.

Bromberg-Martin ES, Matsumoto M, Hikosaka O.
Lateral habenula neurons respond to the negative value of rewards and the positive value of elapsed time.
(2007) Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 33: 530.9.

Bromberg-Martin E, Mar Jonsson A, Marai GE, McGuire M.
Hybrid Billboard Clouds for Model Simplification.
(2004) SIGGRAPH Poster Abstract.


Invited Talks

"Neural circuits for information seeking"
University of Western Ontario
 September 22, 2017
Association for Psychological Science
(Symposium: Affect, effort, and motivated Cognition)
 May 25, 2017
Washington University in St. Louis
 April 6, 2017
Harvard University
 March 20, 2017
University College London
(Affective Brain Lab online talk series)
 January 15, 2015
Yale University
 September 26, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 September 25, 2014
Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme
(Workshop: One, two, and many brains)
 September 20, 2014
National Institutes of Aging and Drug Abuse
NIH Bayview Campus
 June 2, 2014
Princeton University
 March 25, 2014
University of Rochester
 March 10, 2014
University of California San Diego
(Workshop: Learning to attend, attending to learn)
 November 7, 2013
Janelia Farm Research Campus
 August 21, 2013
University of Tsukuba
 June 28, 2013
National Institute for Physiological Sciences
 June 26, 2013
Kansai Medical University
 June 25, 2013
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
 June 18, 2013
Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University
 February 14, 2013

"Multiple forms of reward memory in the habenula-dopamine pathway"
Society for Neuroscience Minisymposium: What Just Happened and Do I Care? The Interaction between Rewards and Memory in Cortical and Subcortical Structures
 November 10, 2013

"Lateral habenula signals for seeking information and other rewards"
Japan Neuroscience Society Symposium: Role of the habenula in regulation of adaptive behaviors
 June 20, 2013

"Motivational and visuospatial signals in midbrain dopamine neurons"
Gordon Research Conference on Catecholamines
 August 9, 2011

"Dopamine neuron signals related to reward, alerting, and stimulus selection"
Cosyne Workshop: Attention, reinforcement learning, and reward
 February 28, 2011

"Multiple motivational signals in lateral habenula and dopamine neurons"
Center for Neuroeconomics, New York University
 February 15, 2011
Cosyne Workshop: Decision making and learning: beyond the basics
 March 2, 2010

"A neural pathway for information-seeking"
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
 October 30, 2009
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London
 September 9, 2009

"The role of dopamine in information-seeking"
Workshop: Infomax approaches in learning and control, University of California San Diego
 May 24, 2010
Department of Neurobiology, Yale University
 March 25, 2009


Other Research

Summer 2002, 2003, 2004
Internship at the Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Biology,
National Cancer Institute, at NCI-Frederick in Ft. Detrick, Maryland.

Summer 2001
Internship at the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.