Recommended Readings: Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D., February 26

Friday Lecture Series
The Detlev W. Bronk Alumni Lecture, Ph.D. Recruitment Lecture
Friday, February 26
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Assistant Professor,
Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior,
The Rockefeller University

Neural Circuits for Adaptive Behaviors

Recommended Readings

Caron, S. J., Ruta, V., Abbott, L. F., & Axel, R. (2013). Random convergence of olfactory inputs in the Drosophila mushroom body. Nature, 497(7447), 113-117. doi: 10.1038/nature12063.

Clowney, E. J., Iguchi, S., Bussell, J. J., Scheer, E., & Ruta, V. (2015). Multimodal chemosensory circuits controlling male courtship in Drosophila. Neuron, 87(5), 1036-1049. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.07.025.

Cohn, R., Morantte, I., & Ruta, V. (2015). Coordinated and compartmentalized neuromodulation shapes sensory processing in Drosophila. Cell, 163(7), 1742-1755. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.11.019.

Recommended Readings: Talia Lerner, Ph.D., March 10

Special Lecture Series
Thursday, March 10, 2016
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Talia Lerner, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Bioengineering,
Stanford University

Distinct Information Encoding in Circuit-Defined Nigrostriatal Dopamine Neuron Subpopulations

Recommended Reading

Adhikari, A., Lerner, T. N., Finkelstein, J., Pak, S., Jennings, J. H., Davidson, T. J., … & Kim, S. Y. (2015). Basomedial amygdala mediates top-down control of anxiety and fear. Nature,  527(7577), 179-185. doi: 10.1038/nature15698

Lerner, T. N., Shilyansky, C., Davidson, T. J., Evans, K. E., Beier, K. T., Zalocusky, K. A., … & Deisseroth, K. (2015). Intact-brain analyses reveal distinct information carried by SNc dopamine subcircuits. Cell, 162(3), 635-647. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.07.014.

Recommended Readings: Nicolas Tritsch, Ph.D., January 28

Special Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Nicolas Tritsch, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Neurobiology,
Harvard Medical School

Lost in Translation – What do Dopamine Neurons Tell the Brain?

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Straub, C., Tritsch, N. X., Hagan, N. A., Gu, C., & Sabatini, B. L. (2014). Multiphasic modulation of cholinergic interneurons by nigrostriatal afferents. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(25), 8557–8569. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0589-14.2014

Tritsch, N., Oh, W., Gu, C., & Sabatini, B. (2014). Midbrain dopamine neurons sustain inhibitory transmission using plasma membrane uptake of GABA, not synthesis. eLife. doi:10.7554/eLife.01936

Tritsch, N. X., Ding, J. B., & Sabatini, B. L. (2012). Dopaminergic neurons inhibit striatal output through non-canonical release of GABA. Nature, 490(7419), 262–266. doi:10.1038/nature11466

Review Papers

Tritsch, N. X., & Sabatini, B. L. (2012). Dopaminergic modulation of synaptic transmission in cortex and striatum. Neuron, 76(1), 33–50. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.09.023

Recommended Readings: Adrienne Fairhall, Ph.D. October 22

Special Seminar Series
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
4 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium

Adrienne Fairhall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Physiology and Biophysics,
University of Washington

Variability and Learning in Birdsong

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Mease, R. A, Famulare, M., Gjorgjieva, J., Moody, W. J., & Fairhall, A. L. (2013). Emergence of adaptive computation by single neurons in the developing cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(30), 12154–12170. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3263-12.2013

Schnell, B., Weir, P. T., Roth, E., Fairhall, A. L., & Dickinson, M. H. (2014). Cellular mechanisms for integral feedback in visually guided behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(15), 5700–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.1400698111

Review Papers

Fairhall, A. (2014). The receptive field is dead. Long live the receptive field? Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 25, ix–xii. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2014.02.001

Fairhall, A., Shea-Brown, E., & Barreiro, A. (2012). Information theoretic approaches to understanding circuit function. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 22(4), 653–9. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2012.06.005

Recommended Readings: Susan Lindquist, Ph.D. October 17

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, October 17, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

From Yeast to Patient Neurons and Back Again: Powerful Discovery Platforms Combatting Neurodegenerative Disease

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Chung, C. Y., Khurana, V., Auluck, P. K., Tardiff, D. F., Mazzulli, J. R., Soldner, F., … Lindquist, S. (2013). Identification and rescue of α-synuclein toxicity in Parkinson patient-derived neurons. Science, 342(6161), 983–987. doi:10.1126/science.1245296

Tardiff, D. F., Jui, N. T., Khurana, V., Tambe, M. A, Thompson, M. L., Chung, C. Y., … Lindquist, S. (2013). Yeast reveal a “druggable” Rsp5/Nedd4 network that ameliorates α-synuclein toxicity in neurons. Science, 342(6161), 979–983. doi:10.1126/science.1245321

Treusch, S., Hamamichi, S., Goodman, J. L., Matlack, K. E. S., Chung, C. Y., Baru, V., … Lindquist, S. (2011). Functional links between Aβ toxicity, endocytic trafficking, and Alzheimer’s disease risk factors in yeast. Science, 334(6060), 1241–1245. doi:10.1126/science.1213210

Review Papers

Khurana, V., & Lindquist, S. (2010). Modelling neurodegeneration in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: why cook with baker’s yeast? Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(6), 436–449. doi:10.1038/nrn2809

Tardiff, D. F., Khurana, V., Chung, C. Y., & Lindquist, S. (2014). From yeast to patient neurons and back again: A powerful new discovery platform. Movement Disorders, 29(10), 1231–1240. doi:10.1002/mds.25989