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

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
Biophysics for Neural Computation
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
Network level approaches to studying Alzheimer¿s 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
Multiple maps for spatial memory and navigation
January 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Over the last several decades, the tractable response properties of parahippocampal neurons have provided a new access key to understanding the cognitive process of self-localization: the ability to know where you are currently located in space. Defined by functionally discrete response properties, neurons in the medial entorhinal cortex and hippocampus are proposed to provide the basis for an internal neural map of space, which enables animals to perform path-integration based spatial navigation and supports the formation of spatial memories. My lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms...
Jun Ding
Synaptic Plasticity in Motor Learning, Motor control and Parkinson's Disease
January 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Jun Ding is a scientist in the field of striatal neurobiology and basal ganglia research. His work employs a unque combination of novel microscopy techniques, electrophysiology and genetic tools. As an independent researcher, he investigates the functional organization of cortico-thalamobasal ganglia circuits.
Andrea Soranno
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
February 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Soranno lab combines single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and concepts from polymer physics to investigate intrinsically disordered proteins and develop innovative methods to study macromolecular conformations and dynamics within cells and in membraneless organelles.