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Neuroscience Distinguished Lecture – Jeff Lichtman

April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Neuroscience Distinguished Lecture

Weds, April 24, 4:00
222 Morrill Science Center II

Jeff Lichtman

Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University

 “Connectomics: what, how, and why”

Dr. Lichtman’s research focuses on the study of neural connectivity and how it changes as animals develop and age. With his colleagues he has developed a number of tools that permit synaptic level analysis of neural connections. These include activity dependent uptake of fluorescent dyes, transgenic approaches to label individual nerve cells, and “combinatoric” methods (e.g., DiOlistics, Brainbow, and NPS) to label many nerve cells in the same tissue. In addition, he has helped develop automated electron microscopy approaches for large scale neural circuit reconstruction. These connectomic methods seek to make it routine to acquire neural circuit data in any nervous system. The central focus of his work is to describe the ways in which developing nervous systems change to accommodate information that is acquired by experience.

 

Details

Date:
April 24
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Paul Katz
Phone:
413-545-0486
Email:
pkatz@umass.edu
Website:
http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/about/directories/faculty/paul-s-katz

Venue

Morrill Science Center II room 222
611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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