Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit (Izumi Fukunaga)
The Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit seeks to understand how the brain processes incoming sensory information from the environment. We study how circuit mechanisms on different spatial and temporal scales underlie the sense of smell using a variety of methods such as electrophysiology (patch-clamp, juxtacellular and LFP recordings), imaging (wide-field and two-photon fluorescence), optogenetic perturbations and anatomical techniques in vitro, as well as in vivo, in awake, behaving animals.
We analyse the logic of local and long-range circuitry, to understand what a group of neurons achieve, and ultimately, how these are used to guide behaviour. We focus especially on how behaviorally-relevant signals across the brain shape the processing in olfactory sensory areas.
More about our research can be found in the publications page.
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