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

Haruo Kasai
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
February 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Neuronal circuits made by synapses in the brain enable learning, memory, perception, emotion, and their impairment results in various mental disorders. We perform research that extensively utilize microscopic methods to observe cellular and molecular events deep within the brain, and which allow labeling of potentiated synapses and optical manipulation of synapses and circuits. We have shown that cerebral spine synapses undergo rapid enlargement during potentiation in the hippocampus, neocortex and basal ganglia. Such dynamic synaptic motilities are the sites of endogenous neuromodulation,...
Oscar Marin
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
February 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our research largely concentrates on the analysis of the mechanisms controlling the the migration, final allocation and connectivity of cortical interneurons, although we are also interested in understanding the general principles regulating the development of other classes of cortical neurons. We believe that our research may contribute to understanding the etiology of some of the most devastating psychiatric disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia.
Gloria Choi
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
February 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
My laboratory studies how sensory stimuli drive behavioral responses and internal states depending on past experience. We focus at the level of neural circuits, using olfaction as a model to address three central problems. First, we are working to anatomically and functionally delineate the circuitry that connects sensory representations to specific behavioral outcomes. Second, we are asking how learning transforms these circuits, and how neuromodulators shape and modify them. Third, we are asking how the brain maintains behavioral plasticity, to allow for context dependent behavioral...
Emery Brown
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
March 4, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Recent technological and experimental advances in the capabilities to record signals from neural systems have led to an unprecedented increase in the types and volume of data collected in neuroscience experiments and hence, in the need for appropriate techniques to analyze them. Therefore, using combinations of likelihood, Bayesian, state-space, time-series and point process approaches, a primary focus of the research in my laboratory is the development of statistical methods and signal-processing algorithms for neuroscience data analysis. We have used our methods to: - characterize how...
John Maunsell
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our research is aimed at understanding how neuronal signals in visual cerebral cortex generate perceptions and guide behavior. Our approach is to record from individual neurons in trained, behaving monkeys and mice while they perform visual tasks.
Gul Dolen
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Research in the Dölen lab focuses on how the brain enables social behaviors through basic neurobiological processes such as neuromodulation and synaptic plasticity. In addition, we are interested in understanding the pathophysiology of autism and schizophrenia, disorders characterized by profound social and cognitive impairments, with the ultimate goal of designing mechanism-based therapies. Using a combination of well-established, cutting edge, and evolving techniques, our goal is to approach the daunting complexity of the brain armed with molecular, biochemical, optogenetic,...
Hongkui Zeng
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
March 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The brain circuit is an intricately interconnected network of a vast number of neurons with diverse molecular, anatomical and physiological properties. To understand the principles of information processing in the brain circuit, it is essential to have a systematic understanding of the common and unique properties for each of its components - the neuronal cell types, to monitor their activities while the brain is processing information, and to have the ability to manipulate these neurons to investigate their functions in the brain circuit. Combining genetic tools with large-scale imaging and...
Marina Picciotto
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
March 31, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The goal of Dr. Picciotto's research team is to understand the role of single molecules in complex behaviors related to addiction, depression, feeding and learning. She and her colleagues use molecular genetic and pharmacological approaches to link the biochemical, cellular, and anatomical levels of investigation to behavior. Of primary interest is the role of acetylcholine and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in brain function and development, as well as sex differences in molecular and circuit-level signaling relevant for behavior. Dr. Picciotto's laboratory also studies signaling...