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

Ruth K. Broad Seminar
September 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Michael Häusser, FRS, FMedSci,(UCL) to give his talk "All-optical interrogation of neural circuits during behaviour." For connection info to his Zoom seminar, email . ABSTRACT: Understanding the causal relationship between activity patterns in neural circuits and behavior requires the ability to perform rapid and targeted interventions in ongoing neuronal activity. I will describe a novel closed-loop all-optical strategy for dynamically controlling neuronal activity patterns in awake mice. This involves rapid tailoring and delivery of two-photon...
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Neurobiology Invited Seminar
October 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Yeka Aponte, PhD, Principal Investigator for NIDA/NIH and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience department, to give her talk "Hypothalamic cell types and circuits that drive survival behaviors" For connection info to her Zoom seminar, email . Research interests: Our interest is to understand how genetically-identified cell types and their projections drive behaviors essential for survival. Using the mouse as our model system, we apply optogenetics and chemogenetics to manipulate neuronal circuits in awake, behaving mice. In...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar (rescheduled to May 4, 2021)
October 20, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Hongkui Zeng, PhD, Executive Director of Structured Science at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, to give her talk "Cell type classification and circuit mapping in the mouse brain." Please contact for connection info. Abstract: To understand the function of the brain and how its dysfunction leads to brain diseases, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the cell type composition of the brain, how the cell types are connected with each other and what their roles are in circuit function. At the Allen Institute, we have built...
Ruth K. Broad Seminar
November 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, Senior Group Leader at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, to give her talk "Eukaryotic organelles: deciphering their interdependency, structure and dynamics with new imaging technologies." For connection info to her Zoom seminar, email . Abstract: Powerful new ways to image the internal structures and complex dynamics of cells are revolutionizing cell biology and bio-medical research. In this talk, I will focus on how emerging fluorescent technologies are increasing spatio-temporal resolution...
Ruth K. Broad Seminar
November 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Marina Picciotto, PhD, professor at Yale University School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, to give her talk "Acetylcholine signaling in the basolateral amygdala: influence on emotional behaviors." For connection details to her Zoom seminar, email . Partial abstract: Acetylcholine (ACh) signaling is important for optimal cognitive function. Both muscarinic and nicotinic receptor (nAChR) function is essential for cognition, but our work suggests that nAChR signaling is particularly important for adaptive and...