2015/16 Journal Club Schedule
Below is the schedule for
journal club (may be subject to change), as well as a brief description of the
speaker’s research. Journal clubs will be held on select Thursdays at 10am;
breakfast will be provided. We will be continuing the journal club format where
we will be hosting journal club with select speakers (held on Tuesday, the day
of seminar, at 10am).
Steve Cannon, UCLA: September 17th
– 3rd Floor
primary research interests of the Cannon lab are how ion channels regulate the
electrical excitability of cells and how defects alter the electrical
excitability of skeletal muscle in inherited diseases. The lab uses
computational models of muscle excitability and genetically-engineered mice to
gain insights on the pathomechanisms of these disorders in order to explore
Magdalena Sanhueza Toha, University of Chile: October 1st - 3rd Floor
Sanhueza Toha lab studies the molecular mechanisms of synaptic information
storage. The lab uses different electrophysiological and pharmacological
techniques to develop methods to interfere with synaptic memory maintenance.
Additionally, the lab is interested in the physiological properties of
principal neurons of the olfactory cortical amygdala, as well as synaptic
transmission and plasticity properties of olfactory connections to this area,
during postnatal development.
**Andrea Meredith, University of Maryland: October 27th -
3rd Floor Conference Room
large-conductance, Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channels in non-excitable cell types
and intact physiological systems, focusing on their role in pacemaker function
for circadian behaviors.
**Mike Saddoris, UC Boulder: November 10th - 3rd Floor
Saddoris Lab is primarily focused on understanding learning and goal-directed
behavior and employs a combination of extracellular electrophysiology,
electrochemistry and optogenetics to understand how new information is
incorporated into neural structures of the limbic system.
**Clair Baker, Cambridge: January 19th – 7th Floor
development of the neurogenic placodes and neural crest, which give rise to the
entire PNS. Specific projects concern development of olfactory ensheathing
glia, evolution of electroreceptors, role of Pax genes in neurogenic placode
development, and development of neural crest-derived pharyngeal skeleton.
Kristen Baldwin, Scripps Research Institute: February 4th –
7th Floor Conference Room
iPSCs, including 1) determining functional stability of tissues and genomic
stability of differentiated cells in iPSC-derived animals, 2) generating cells
lines from neurons, and 3) reprogramming tissues into neuronal tissue. Her lab
is also mapping circuits between nose and cortical brain regions and
identifying patterns of gene expression in those defined neuronal populations.
**Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University: March 15th – 3rd Floor
learning as it pertains to the vestibuloocular reflex (VOR). One current focus
in the Raymond lab is to record from the cerebellum in awake behaving animals
during the induction of learning in order to identify the neural "error
signals" that detect a miscalibration in the VOR and trigger the neural
changes underlying learning.
**Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University: April 15th – 7th Floor
the molecular mechanisms of cutaneous somatosensation. The Lumpkin lab focus on
Merkel cell-neurite complexes, light touch receptors that mediate fine tactile
discrimination required for manual dexterity in humans and other mammals.
Traynelis, Emory University: TBD – 7th Floor
the mechanisms underlying the activation and regulation of glutamate receptors.
The Traynelis lab uses a multi-disciplinary approach to explore function at the
single channel level as well as at the level of neuronal function.
** These Journal Clubs will
be held at 10am on Tuesday with the Speaker.