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Imaging neural representations of natural odors in the mouse brain


Faculty Mentor: Matt Wachowiak
Title: Professor
College: Medicine
School / Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

Project description

The laboratory is interested in how odors are detected and represented in the brain, and uses laser microscopy to image neuronal activity in the mouse brain in response to odors of natural importance. The goal of this project is to map the neural patterns of brain activity that represent natural odors and to ultimately identify the particular receptors that are most sensitive to the key components of these odors. The project involves working with live mice, and collecting and analyzing brain imaging data.

Student Role: Assist in data collection during imaging ; select and prepare particular odor stimuli in advance of experiments; analyze imaging data.
Project Duration: 2 semesters minimum, 10 hrs per week. Project could expand in scope and last longer for interested students.
Opportunity Type: Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit
Is this a paid opportunity: No
Minimum Requirements: Intro. Biology and General Chemistry. Physiology, Organic Chemistry courses helpful. Interest/experience in computer programming a plus.