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

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...
Ila Fiete
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our group seeks to understand why the brain contains particular codes, how the architecture and dynamics of neural circuits shape such codes, and how coding states evolve to perform computations that unfold over time. We are specifically interested in questions of learning, memory, integration, inference, and cognitive representations in the brain. Our tools are numerical and theoretical, and our approach includes working closely with collaborators on specific experimental systems.
Gina Turrigiano
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Gina Turrigiano studies mechanisms of homeostatic synaptic plasticity and the role of these stabilizing mechanisms in the development and function of the cortex. Her work has been instrumental in demonstrating the existance of "self-tuning" mechanisms that allow neurons and circuits to adjust their excitability to prevent states of hyper- or hypoexcitability that underlie brain disorders such as epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders.
Markus Meister
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
April 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
My goal is to understand the function of neuronal circuits. By "circuit" I mean a brain structure with many neurons that has some anatomical and functional identity and exchanges signals with other brain circuits. Most of our work has focused on the retina and the olfactory bulb, with some explorations into the visual cortex and the insect antennal lobe.
Yeka Aponte
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
April 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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 addition, we use a combination of electrophysiology, two-photon fluorescence endomicroscopy, and behavioral assays to elucidate the neuronal basis of survival behaviors, such as feeding, and to determine how these neuronal circuits drive the rewarding and addictive nature of food intake. Evidence for the addictive properties of...