Control of Distributed Representation of Spatial Information by the Parietal Cortex

Mentor Name:
Nicholas Frost

Mentor Position:
Assistant Professor

Department:
Neurology

College:
Medicine

Email:
nick.frost@hsc.utah.edu


Project Description:

The Parietal lobe plays critical roles in spatial attention and lesions of the parietal lobe result in hemispatial neglect. We are interested in understanding how the parietal lobe modulates the representation of spatial information across distributed circuits during behavior. To understand this, we will perform optical recordings of neuronal activity in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of mice performing navigation while optogenetically modulating the activity of the parietal lobe.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis


Student Role:

Students may be involved in surgical procedures, behavior, or data analysis. Students will attend lab meetings and present their data and findings to the group.


Student Benefits:

Students will learn technical surgical procedures, and use state of the art imaging techniques to perform intracortical recordings in mice.


Project Duration:

Unlimited duration, 20-30 hours/week


Minimum Requirements:

Major in Biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, neuroscience, or related field.