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Andrew Straw (Institute of Biology I, University of Freiburg) | Reverse engineering visual behavior in flies and fish using virtual reality and genetics

When Feb 23, 2016
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where BCF Lecture Hall, Hansastr. 9a
Contact Name Ad Aersten
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Abstract

We have developed virtual reality techniques that enable automated testing of responses to precisely defined visual stimuli in freely moving animals such as flies and fish. Together with the use of neurogenetic tools to silence or activate neurons, my lab is building and testing systematic models of visual behaviors and associated neuronal circuits in Drosophila. Ultimately, our aim is to unite a mechanistic, ultimately biophysical understanding of physiological processes with computational cognitive models to provide a mapping between these two approaches to understand brain function.

 

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Bernstein Center Freiburg | PhD Program BrainDiscDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAADFederal Ministery of Education and ResearchCarl Zeiss FoundationNeurexNeuroCampusEU Development FundEU InterregNeurAGBrainLinks BrainTools

 

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