Recommended Readings: David Schneider, Ph.D., March 14

Special Seminar
Friday, March 14
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

David Schneider, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Neurobiology,
Duke University

Sensory and Motor Circuits for Listening and Learning

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Nelson, A., Schneider, D. M., Takatoh, J., Sakurai, K., Wang, F., & Mooney, R. (2013). A circuit for motor cortical modulation of auditory cortical activity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(36), 14342-14353. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2275-13.2013.

Schneider, D. M., Nelson, A., & Mooney, R. (2014). A synaptic and circuit basis for corollary discharge in the auditory cortex. Nature, 513(7517), 189-194. doi: 10.1038/nature13724.

Schneider, D. M., & Woolley, S. M. (2013). Sparse and background-invariant coding of vocalizations in auditory scenes. Neuron, 79(1), 141-152. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.04.038.

Review Paper

Schneider, D. M., & Mooney, R. (2015). Motor-related signals in the auditory system for listening and learning. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 33, 78-84. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.03.004.

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: Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D., January 25

Special Lecture
Monday, January 25, 2016
3:45 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Priya Rajasethupathy, M.D., Ph.D.
Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Bioengineering,
Stanford University

Targeted Top-down Control of Memory Retrieval

Recommended Reading

Fiumara, F., Rajasethupathy, P., Antonov, I., Kosmidis, S., Sossin, W. S., & Kandel, E. R. (2015). MicroRNA-22 gates long-term heterosynaptic plasticity in Aplysia through presynaptic regulation of CPEB and downstream targets. Cell Reports, 11(12), 1866-1875. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.05.034.

Rajasethupathy, P., Antonov, I., Sheridan, R., Frey, S., Sander, C., Tuschl, T., & Kandel, E. R. (2012). A role for neuronal piRNAs in the epigenetic control of memory-related synaptic plasticity. Cell, 149(3), 693-707. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.02.057.

Rajasethupathy, P., Sankaran, S., Marshel, J. H., Kim, C. K., Ferenczi, E., Lee, S. Y., … & Liston, C. (2015). Projections from neocortex mediate top-down control of memory retrieval. Nature, 526(7575), 653-659. doi: 10.1038/nature15389.

Recommended Readings: Yuki Oka Ph.D. February 24

Monday, February 24, 2014
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium

Yuki Oka, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University

Neurobiology of Fluid Homeostasis: Peripheral and Central Regulation of Salt and Water Intake

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Chandrashekar, J., Kuhn, C., Oka, Y., Yarmolinsky, D. a, Hummler, E., Ryba, N. J. P., & Zuker, C. S. (2010). The cells and peripheral representation of sodium taste in mice. Nature, 464(7286), 297–301. doi:10.1038/nature08783

Oka, Y., Butnaru, M., von Buchholtz, L., Ryba, N. J. P., & Zuker, C. S. (2013). High salt recruits aversive taste pathways. Nature, 494(7438), 472–475. doi:10.1038/nature11905

Review Papers

Roper, S. D. (2013). Taste buds as peripheral chemosensory processors. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 24(1), 71–79. doi:10.1016/j.semcdb.2012.12.002

Sugita, M. (2006). Taste perception and coding in the periphery. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 63(17), 2000–15. doi:10.1007/s00018-006-6100-0

Controlling Muscles with Light Impulses – “Optogenetics”

Rearchers at Stanford University have found a way to move muscles with pulses of light.  The study, published in Nature Medicine, describes what the researchers are calling “optogenetics” — a technology which uses light-sensitive proteins from a single-celled alga placed on the nerve and pulses of light to trigger muscle movement.  The researchers insert the gene for a protein called channelrhodopsin-2, which comes from green algae. Then when the neuron implanted with the gene is exposed to blue light, the protein starts a chain of electrical activity inside the cell which spreads to surrounding neurons.