News from 2018

  • Research

A Family Affair [Sanes Lab]

Each part of the mammalian brain holds a large number of neuronal types – at least a hundred and perhaps a thousand or more.  These cells connect up…

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Reward and Threat: Two Axes of Dopamine Systems [Uchida Lab]

William James, the “father of American psychology”, was amused when he watched an alligator cautiously approach a human – only to quickly retreat. The alligator repeated this behavior…

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Bacterial Public Transportation [Berg Lab]

Imagine a box densely packed with balls. The spacing between the balls is filled with a fluid of viscosity similar to honey. The box has many copies of…

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  • Education

Individual Development Plan Matters

Since 2014, the NIH has required annual progress reports to include a description of whether academic institutions make use of the Individual Development Plan (IDP) or not. An…

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Investigating How Sharks and Skates Sense Electric Fields [Bellono Lab]

Sensory systems evolve to detect and transduce stimuli that are most relevant to an animal’s physiological or behavioral context. Ancient cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks, skates, and rays,…

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Believing in Dopamine [Uchida Lab]

Predicting future rewards depends critically on beliefs about the current state of the world. For example, suppose you go to a restaurant with two chefs, one who you’ve…

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In the Olfactory Bulb, Being Normal Goes Against the Norm [Murthy Lab]

Perhaps the first lesson that we learn in any neuroscience course involves defining the unique properties of neurons. Neurons, we learn, are polarised entities where information flows from…

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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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Branching Out: Reconstructing Embryonic Fate Decisions [Schier Lab]

What are the molecular trajectories that embryonic cells go through as they become specialized? In a study in Science (PDF) the Schier lab combines single-cell RNA-sequencing with a novel…

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Smelling Complexity [ Murthy Lab]

You walk into a restaurant and immediately become aware of all the smells coming from the kitchen. These scents arise from small, volatile molecules called odorants. While there…

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