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Sakurai and Katz Rewire Slug Brains

Posted On June 6, 2017
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Akira Sakurai and Paul Katz have rewired the neural circuit of one species and given it the connections of another species to test a hypothesis about the evolution of neural circuits and behavior.

Neurons are connected to each other to form networks that underlie behaviors. Neuroscience Institute faculty Akira Sakurai and Paul Katz study the… more »

Neuroscience Faculty Angela Mabb Gets Whitehall Foundation Grant

The process of learning requires the making of new proteins, most particularly a set of proteins called immediate early genes. Immediate early genes are produced following diverse forms of learning. It is well known that immediate early genes are also broken down, however the significance of their breakdown in learning is unknown. Dr. Angela Mabb’s… more »

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta’s research looks at the effects of dietary emulsifiers, food additives that affect the connection between the gut and brain. She plans to continue the pursuit of health science in medical school.

video credits: direction, camera and edit by Steven Thackston additional editing by Basil Iskandrian, William Davis

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Laura Cortes Awarded Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Laura Cortes, a first-year NI doctoral student, has been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. This is a highly competitive, national award that supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported fields. Fellows receive a 3-year annual stipend of $34,000 per year, as well as a $12,000 cost of education allowance paid to their institution.… more »

Neuroscience Faculty Anne Murphy Receives Grant to Study Pain

Neuroscience Institute’s own Dr. Anne Murphy received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to investigate pain management therapies for people aged 65 or older.

The late Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, and actress Bette Davis agree: old age demands some toughness; it “isn’t for sissies”. Among other reasons is this: “Pain… more »

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Arianna Tamvacakis Wins Best Student Presentation at SICB

Congratulations to Neuroscience B&B graduate student, Arianna Tamvacakis!

Arianna’s presentation, “Differential expression of serotonin receptor genes in homologous neurons underlies species-typical swimming behaviors in Nudipleura sea slugs” was awarded the best student oral presentation for the Division of Neurobiology, Neuroethology, and Sensory Biology at the Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting in New… more »

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Ravi Das Makes the Cover of JNeurosci

Close on the heels of his successful doctoral thesis defense, Ravi Das, our newest PhD, made the cover of the December 7, 2016 edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. The cover image is his picture of the dendritic arbor of a Drosophila class-IV (C-IV) da sensory neuron. Ravi is a co-first author of an article… more »