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

Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Justin Taraska received his B.A. in biology from Reed College in 1999 and earned his Ph.D. in cell biology from Oregon Health and Science University in 2004 in the laboratory of Wolfhard Almers. He conducted his postdoctoral research in the laboratory of William Zagotta at the University of Washington during which time he received a Jane Coffin Child Memorial Fellowship. In 2010, Dr. Taraska became a tenure-track Investigator at the NHLBI. Dr. Taraska is a 2012 PECASE recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Understanding how cellular and synaptic mechanisms interact within neural circuits to control behavior is a fundamental goal of neuroscience. To achieve that goal, we need a thorough understanding of behavior as well as a detailed knowledge of the underlying neural circuit. With this in mind, we focus our research on the cerebellum, a brain area that is critical for coordinated motor control and motor learning and whose circuitry is relatively simple and well understood. Many of the neuron types in the cerebellum are molecularly identifiable, and existing technologies allow us to target...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Moore lab focuses on identifying the neural circuits underlying fundamental perceptual and cognitive functions. Our research involves studying the activity of single neurons and large populations of neurons within the brain and testing how perturbing that activity affects neurons in other brain structures as well as how it affects the behavioral performance of behaving animals. A complementary objective of the lab is to develop and implement innovative approaches to fundamental problems in systems neuroscience.
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Polley Lab is an auditory neuroscience research lab focused on the mechanisms and therapeutic potential of brain plasticity. They work on a broad portfolio of projects ranging from basic research on neural circuit dynamics in the auditory cortex up to clinical trials of auditory rehabilitation strategies for persons with debilitating perceptual disorders, such as tinnitus and hyperacusis. Their lab is part of the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, the world's largest research center for the study of hearing and deafness...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Jayaraman lab is interested in establishing causal links between the dynamics of neural circuits and the behavioral decisions that an animal continuously makes as it navigates a multi-sensory world. They aim to uncover how the relevant neural representations and dynamics arise and what specific role they play in shaping adaptive behavior. They use the powerful genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster for our experiments, many of which rely on monitoring and perturbing the activity of specific neural populations during head-fixed behavior. They rely on a combination of two-photon...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Nirao Shah is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Neurobiology at Stanford University. After completing his medical training, Nirao was a graduate student at Caltech, where he identified mechanisms that control differentiation of stem cells that give rise to the peripheral nervous system. For his post-graduate fellowship at Columbia University, Nirao developed genetic approaches to identify neural pathways that regulate social behaviors. In his own laboratory, his research has elaborated on such approaches to identify genes and neurons that control different aspects...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Arenkiel is a member of the faculty at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and his doctoral degree from the University of Utah in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi, where he investigated the developmental genetic programs that function to pattern the embryonic nervous system. Dr. Arenkiel later joined the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Katz at Duke University as a Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow, where he investigated the neural...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Schaefer is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry and a Seaver Fellow at the Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She did her graduate studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Charité University Berlin and The Rockefeller University in New York. In the fall of 2004 she joined Dr. Paul Greengard's Laboratory at The Rockefeller University where she completed her postdoctoral studies and was promoted to Research Associate in 2007 and Senior Research Associate in 2009. She joined the Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai School of...

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