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Fritz, Jonathan

Jonathan Fritz
Research Scientist
2207 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Task-related adaptive plasticity in auditory processing; neurobiology of auditory perception and memory.



Jonathan Fritz earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1995. He has been an ISR research scientist since 2004, and an associate research scientist since 2009. He is also a researcher in the Section on Brain and Language at the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Institute's Department of Auditory Learning and Speech in Magdeburg, Germany. He also has previously worked as a research fellow in the Neural Systems Laboratory of ISR and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Fritz's research in task-related adaptive plasticity in auditory processing currently focuses on behavioral physiology studies of the ferret primary and secondary auditory cortex. He also is interested in the neurobiology of auditory attention, learning and memory as well as auditory perception, including psychophysical studies in the ferret, perceptual and behavioral lesion studies in the monkey, and neurophysiological studies of ferret frontal cortex and its role in top-down control of auditory processing.

Related News 

UMD auditory cortex research featured in Nature Neuroscience
Study reveals how the brain nimbly and rapidly change responses to incoming sensory stimuli depending upon the cognitive context of the moment. January 28, 2019

Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosts Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium
The University’s Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosted its Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium on November 14, 2018 at Adele’s in the Stamp Student Union. November 19, 2018

Three ISR faculty receive UMD Brain and Behavior Initiative seed grants
Projects featuring Fritz, Babadi and Ghodssi are among seven chosen for FY18 funding. May 3, 2018

Maryland researchers develop computational approach to understanding brain dynamics
This paper published in PNAS develops a signal processing framework for extracting dynamic functional networks from neuronal data at unprecedented resolutions. April 10, 2018

Five ISR faculty part of $8 million NIH grant to combat hearing loss in older people
Multidisciplinary research will examine strategies to improve communication challenges. October 12, 2017

BBI Holds 2017 Seed Grant Symposium
Over 115 people attend symposium featuring work and accomplishments of BBI Seed Grant Awardees for FY16/FY17. September 25, 2017

Jonathan Fritz promoted to Research Scientist
Fritz is well known for his work in neuroscience research. June 14, 2017

BBI FY17 Seed Grant Winners Announced
Nine projects selected for funding. May 12, 2017

Fritz, Shamma are collaborators on new DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training Program
The University of Maryland will receive up to $8.58 million from DARPA for the research, which is led by the UMD Center for Advanced Study of Language. May 8, 2017

UMD neuroscience researchers publish in the journal Neuron
Paper suggests the brain’s auditory, visual and somatosensory systems may have a similar functional hierarchical structure. April 16, 2014

Yin, Fritz, Shamma publish neuroplasticity study in Journal of Neuroscience
Rapid changes in neural pathways and synapses in the brain closely reflect the time and frequency of the tasks being performed. March 28, 2014

Auditory researchers publish sensory processing research in PNAS
Study could lead to more effective approaches to behavioral training. December 23, 2011

Jonathan Fritz receives ONR seed grant
Study will lay the groundwork for exploring the neural basis for working memory. June 6, 2011

Intelligent Automation, Inc. to sponsor colloquia series
IAI president and ISR alumnus Vikram Manikonda announces generous support. January 11, 2011

Article by auditory researchers appears in Nature Neuroscience
This is the second article by the group to appear in the journal in 2010. July 14, 2010

Jonathan Fritz promoted to associate research scientist
Fritz's research focuses on task-related adaptive plasticity in auditory processing. June 5, 2009

REU students spending summer in research
The 12 undergraduate students are participating in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. June 3, 2008

ISR faculty host CRCNS Principal Investigators' Meeting
Event at University of Maryland draws 130 participants. June 7, 2007

Shamma, Simon, Fritz receive five-year, $1.57 million NIH grant
Research to focus on neural correlates of streaming of complex sounds June 8, 2006

Rossoupoulos now joint appointment; Fritz is assistant research scientist
July 2004—Congratulations to these faculty. July 5, 2004

Shamma, Fritz receive $1.25 million NIH grant
Research to focus on "Spectro-Temporal Plasticity in Primary Auditory Cortex" March 6, 2004