About the lab
Our mission is to find basic circuit mechanisms in the temporal cortex underlining the coding of memory traces and spatial information. We also interrogate how pathological brain activities may evolve from “normal” activities. We are particularly interested in how specific interneuronal populations -or even individual neurons- take part in commanding the neuronal networks.
We use versatile tools in order to dissect and understand the physiological and pathophysiological roles of circuitry elements. Our laboratory successfully combines electrophysiology, correlated light- and electron microscopy, optogenetics on transgenic animals and behavioral experiments.
A new method introduced in our laboratory is the miniature fluorescence microscope. The design was pioneered by Mark Schnitzer's Lab at Stanford and published in a paper in Nature Methods in 2011. For our experiments we use the Miniscope, created by a group of researchers from UCLA. It uses wide-field fluorescence imaging to record neural activity in awake, freely moving mice. Our laboratory made experiments with the wired version of Miniscope and we are heading in the direction to make experiments with the wireless version of this microscope.