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

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...
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
The Ruth K. Broad Foundation Seminar Series on Neurobiology and Disease
May 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The lab's goal is to understand the interplay of membrane-bound organelles, cytoskeletal structure, and metabolism as it relates to the organization and function of neurons, and the cells they interact with. On a small scale, we are interested in mapping out the spatial organization, stoichiometry, and dynamics of proteins as they interact with each other and with different parts of the cell. On a larger scale, we are trying to decipher how complex cellular behaviors arise, including cell crawling, polarization, cell-cell contact, cytokinesis, cell fate determination, viral budding, and...
Abigail Person
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
May 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Our lab endeavors to understand the computations made by the cerebellum in service of fine motor control, and how those computations are made at a synaptic and circuit level. The Person lab is a dynamic, young group, always interested in talking to other people interested in motor control. We combine electrophysiology - both in vitro and in vivo - optogenetics, behavior, and anatomy to dissect these questions.
Viviana Gradinaru
Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series
May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Gradinaru Lab uses advanced technologies such as optogenetics, CLARITY, physiology, imaging, and behavior to understand and develop therapies for neurological diseases.

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