Neurobiology Seminar Program

Neurobiology sponsors seminars on Tuesdays at noon in 103 Bryan Research. The Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series features both established and up-and-coming researchers and professors from around the world. This program is created by a committee of students, postdocs and faculty. The seminar program guides the materials for a student journal club that reads the upcoming speaker’s papers in advance and meets to discuss the week before the seminar. After the seminar, students and postdocs are invited to have lunch with the speaker.

Upcoming Seminars

Gaby Maimon
Neural mechanisms of spatial navigation in Drosophila
October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Many arthropod species are expert navigators, but a detailed neural account of arthropod navigation is not yet at hand. In this seminar I will discuss cell-physiological and neuronal perturbation experiments in behaving fruit flies. The goal of these experiments is to determine how spatial variables, like angles and distances, are calculated by the tiny Drosophila brain and how these variables influence navigational behavior. The talk will focus on the role of the central complex--a prominent set of neuropils in the middle of the insect brain--in performing quantitative variable calculations...
Michael Bruchas
Dissecting Neuromodulatory Circuits and Signaling in Affective Behavior
November 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Stress and pain-induced behavior is controlled by specific neurotransmitters and their signaling partners in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Many of these signals are conveyed through activation of neuropeptide and monoamine receptor systems. These receptors are seven transmembrane spanning G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR, also called 7 transmembrane receptors) and they engage a variety of signaling cascades following neurotransmitter release and receptor binding. To expand our knowledge of the inner workings of the brain and to identify treatments for psychiatric diseases, the...
Steve Siegelbaum
Neural mechanisms of social memory and its disorders
November 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
We are interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying electrical signaling and synaptic transmission in the nervous system, and how these electrical signals give rise to complex behaviors. We focus on how ion channels and synaptic transmission regulate information flow in the cortico-hippocampal circuit, which plays a critical role in learning and memory.
Daniel Kronauer
Differentiation, Communication, and Emergence in Ant Societies
December 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The members of Dr. Kronauer's lab want to understand how insect societies have evolved and how they are organized. In particular, they are interested in how individuals respond to social cues on a molecular and behavioral level, and how local interactions between "simple" individuals give rise to complex group-level phenomena. They study these topics using ants as model systems, in the hope to gain novel insights into the fundamental mechanisms that underlie social behavior and biological complexity.
Laura Colgin
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
December 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The hippocampal network is a region that is known to be important for spatial memory operations. But what happens in the hippocampal network when memory fails? This talk will present new evidence suggesting that the hippocampal neuronal ensembles are impaired at predicting trajectories toward learned reward locations when rats make errors on a memory task.
Mark Harnett
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
January 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our laboratory studies how the biophysical features of individual neurons endow neural circuits with powerful processing capabilities, ultimately facilitating the complex computations required to drive adaptive behavior. A principal focus of our work is the role of dendrites, the elaborate tree-like structures where neurons receive the vast majority of afferent input. The spatial arrangement of synaptic contacts on dendrites and the interaction of various biophysical mechanisms enable complex integration of synaptic inputs - our hypothesis is that circuit-level computations are built out of...
Li-Huei Tsai
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
January 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our laboratory is interested in elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurological disorders that impact learning and memory. We take multidisciplinary, network-level approaches to decipher the molecular, cellular, and circuit basis of neurodegenerative disorders.
Lisa Giocomo
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
January 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Giocomo Lab integrates electrophysiology, behavior, imaging, gene manipulations, optogenetics and computational modeling to study how single-cell biophysics and network dynamics interact to mediate spatial memory and navigation.