News from 2018

  • Research

Staying on Track: A Look at How Ants Sense the World [Murthy Lab]

The world is a complicated place. In order to survive, an animal must detect and extract useful information from the environment to guide its behavior. Few animals do…

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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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  • Research

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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  • 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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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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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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