Upcoming Neuroscience Seminars

Friday, April 21, 2017 - Neuroscience Honors Presentations

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Merrill Science, room 315


10:00 Ruben Valera 

10:20 Emily Horwitz

Characterizing the role of presynaptic Discs-large in active zone development

10:40 Alifayaz Abdulzahir 

11:00 Rakin Muhtadi 

11:20 Carlos Johnson-Cruz


Seminars are Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill 4

Neuroscience seminars are open to the public and all are welcome.

  • Refreshments served at 4:15 in the McGuire 3rd floor lobby.
  • Occasionally, Monday Biology Seminars with relevence to Neuroscience are listed (4 PM; Merrill 4).


Monday, March 27th, 2017 (Biology Seminar)

Ethan Scott, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia.

"Sensory Processing in Larval Zebrafish: Perspectives from Whole-Brain Calcium Imaging"

Research Summary - In the Scott Lab, we are interested in the workings of the brain at the level of cells and circuits. We aim to understand how sensory stimuli are perceived and processed in the brain, and how the brain then interprets these stimuli to produce adaptive behaviours. Because of the brain’s extraordinary complexity, these questions are difficult to address by looking at individual cells. The flow of information through the brain relies on the coordinated activity of thousands or millions of cells, and on ensembles of neurons that are active simultaneously. For this reason, our research involves imaging activity in thousands of cells, and seeking salient patterns of activity across these populations. In a range of projects, we characterise the neurons and circuits that respond to various visual, auditory and vestibular stimuli; that play a role in the integration of information from these modalities; and that filter sensory information to produce behaviour. Host: Josef Trapani


Monday, October 24th, 2016 (Biology Seminar)

Jake Krans, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor, Western New England University

"Picking Up the Slack: How Giant Muscle Proteins Buy the Nervous System Time to React"

Research Summary: Dr. Krans' research aims to better understand mechanisms of plasticity in neuromuscular control. His methods and approaches are cross-disciplinary, combining engineering, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience and evolutionary frameworks. He has used several model organisms to probe for parsimonious conservation of molecular mechanisms within motor plasticity, but most recently has combined novel genetic and physiologic approaches in the larval fruit fly preparation to understand macro-protein structural plasticity. Dr. Krans’ research has led to the development of new biomechanic instruments and he holds a patent for a novel sensing apparatus aimed to improve tactile feedback in prosthetic devices. Host: Josef Trapani


Seminars from past years: