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 seek to analyze the logic of local circuitry, to understand how these are ultimately used to guide behaviour, and how behaviorally-relevant signals across the brain shape the processing in olfactory sensory areas.
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