News from 2018

  • Research

One Million and One Neurons: A Collection of Fish Tales [Engert Lab]

 Witnessing in real-time firing patterns of all the neurons in the brain sounds like sci-fi, but this has already been achieved in research labs in recent years. The…

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Feeling the Heat – How Does the Zebrafish Brain Process Temperature? [Engert- and Schier Labs]

The Engert and Schier labs address in a recent paper in Neuron (PDF) how larval zebrafish senses temperature and transforms the sensory representation to generate behavior with the ultimate…

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Harvard Researchers Among Those Receiving More Than $150 Million in Funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative

Harvard scientists are among dozens of researchers who will receive more than $150 million in funding over the next five years through the National Institute of Health’s Brain…

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Go Against the Flow [Engert Lab]

Understanding brain function generally requires a deep engagement with the matter at least at two separate levels. These are the level of behavioral algorithms on the one hand…

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The First Nanoscale Rendering of an Entire Vertebrate Brain

People frequently operate computer devices such as smartphones that collect user input and process this information to produce outputs on a display or through headphones.  Engineers control how…

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NEURAL CIRCUITS AT THE BRAIN SCALE [ENGERT LAB]

A longstanding goal of neuroscience is to figure out how the brain reacts to what is happening in the outside world. But it has been challenging to map…

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CALCULATING TIME TO COLLISION [ENGERT LAB]

To avoid injury, most organisms react reflexively to the approach of incoming objects. For instance, humans will, without thinking, dodge an oncoming car or bat away a small…

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HOW DO ZEBRAFISH PERCEIVE HEAT? [ENGERT AND SCHIER LABS]

(l to r) Alex Schier, Martin Haesemeyer and Florian Engert As we explore our environment we constantly experience new sensations – changes in the visual scene, different sounds…

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  • Education

TWO MCB GRADUATE STUDENTS RECEIVE HHMI AND NIH FELLOWSHIPS

Patrick Stoddard (l) and Mariela Petkova Congratulations are in order for MCB graduate students Mariela Petkova from the Engert Lab and Patrick Stoddard from the Murray Lab. Each…

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  • Research

MAPPING ACTIVITY AND ANATOMY IN THE ZEBRAFISH BRAIN [ENGERT AND SCHIER LABS]

(l to r) Clemens Riegler, Caroline Wee, Owen Randlett, Florian Engert, Alex Schier, Ruben Portugues, and James Fitzgerald The holy grail for neuroscientists is to understand how the…

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