Ekaterina Gribkova

Postdoctoral Researcher   |    Curriculum Vitae   | Affiliations: Coordinated Science Laboratory, Neuroscience Program, Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation

Email: gribkov2@illinois.edu


  • Computational models of behavior, such as Cyberslug and ASIMOV, built on core circuitry of approach/avoidance decision. I am expanding ASIMOV further for spatial learning and memory, and more abstract cognitive mapping
  • Models of memory and neuroplasticity, including simplest architectures for episodic memory and path integration, and their application to artificial intelligence.
  • Octopus behavioral and physiological studies for CyberOctopus collaborative project.



  • 2020 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Ph.D. Neuroscience; Major Concentration: Computational Neuroscience
  • 2016 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | B.S. Mathematics; Molecular and Cellullar Biology


  • Gribkova, E. D., & Gillette, R. (2021). Role of NMDAR plasticity in a computational model of synaptic memory. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-16.
  • Gribkova, E. D., Catanho, M., & Gillette, R. (2020). Simple Aesthetic Sense and Addiction Emerge in Neural Relations of Cost-Benefit Decision in Foraging. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-11.
  • Chang, H. S., Halder, U., Shih, C. H., Tekinalp, A., Parthasarathy, T., Gribkova, E. D., Chowdhary, G., Gillette, R., Gazzola, M., & Mehta, P. G. (2020). Energy shaping control of a cyberoctopus soft arm. In 2020 59th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) (pp. 3913-3920). IEEE.
  • Mohandass, A., Krishnan, V., Gribkova, E. D., Asuthkar, S., Baskaran, P., Nersesyan, Y., Hussain, Z., Wise, L. M., George, R. E., Stokes, N., Alexander, B. M., Cohen, A. M., Pavlov, E. V., Llano, D. A., Zhu, M. X., Thyagarajan, B., & Zakharian, E. (2020). TRPM8 as the rapid testosterone signaling receptor: Implications in the regulation of dimorphic sexual and social behaviors. The FASEB Journal, 34(8), 10887-10906.
  • Gribkova, E. D., Ibrahim, B. A. E., & Llano, D. A. (2018). A novel mutual information estimator to measure spike train correlations in a model thalamocortical network. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120(6), 2730.
  • Brown J. W., Caetano-Anollés D., Catanho M., Gribkova E. D., Ryckman N., Tian K., Voloshin M., & Gillette R. (2018). Implementing Goal-Directed Foraging Decisions of a Simpler Nervous System in Simulation. eNeuro, 5(1), ENEURO-0400.
  • Willis, A. M., Slater, B. J., Gribkova, E. D., & Llano, D. A. (2015). Open-loop organization of thalamic reticular nucleus and dorsal thalamus: A computational model. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(4), 2353-2367.