News from 2017

  • Research

The Brain Representation of Social Information [Dulac and Murthy Labs]

Behaviors such as mating, territorial defense, parenting or predator avoidance, despite being instinctive, are modulated by social experience. Because instinctive behaviors can be elicited without any previous social…

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  • Research

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Neuron: Watching Newborn Neurons Grow Up in the Adult Brain [Murthy Lab]

Sensory systems must be adaptive to allow animals to cope with changing environments. For hundreds of years, neuroscientists thought that neural plasticity came from changes in the connections…

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  • Education

Inaugural Harvard B4 Fellowship Opens New Doors for Postdocs

One year ago when Parvathi Sreekumar earned her PhD in Crop Physiology at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India, she never would have guessed that today…

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  • Education

Building Budding Brain Biologists: Harvard’s Inaugural B4 Program in India

In the gleaming academic fortress of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India, MCB professor Venkatesh Murthy and Advisor/Preceptor Laura Magnotti spent two weeks over…

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  • Research

A SOLUTION TO THE OLFACTORY COCKTAIL PARTY PROBLEM [MURTHY LAB]

How good are we at detecting a specific smell in a mixture of smells – for example, the fragrance of a stargazer lily in a large bouquet of…

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  • Research

FOLLOW YOUR NOSE….. BUT NOT ALWAYS [MURTHY LAB]

Animals balance efficiency and flexibility during natural behavior to make their decisions in different contexts. In a recent study published in Current Biology (PDF) the Murthy lab has…

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  • Research

HOW THE SEROTONIN SYSTEM INFLUENCES SENSORY PROCESSING [MURTHY LAB]

Brains process external information rapidly at a sub-second time scale, which is set by the dynamic electrophysiological properties of neurons and the fast communication within neuronal populations. This…

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  • Archive

VENKI MURTHY ORGANIZES OLFACTORY SUMMIT IN SANTA BARBARA

Venki Murthy returned this week from his summer "vacation" in balmy Santa Barbara, CA, where he coordinated an eight-week program on the ins and outs of olfaction. Hosted…

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  • Archive

DETECTION OF TARGET ODORS FROM MIXTURES [MURTHY LAB]

(l to r) Venki Murthy, Dan Rokni, Vikrant Kapoor, and Vivian Hemmelder (not shown) Natural environments are rich with sensory stimuli. To make sense of the sensory clutter,…

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