Neuroscience stories from the lab and life: By scientists, for everyone. Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) researchers Ben Scholl, Ph.D., Joe Schumacher, Ph.D., Jeremy Chang, Ph.D, and Misha Smirnov, Ph.D. host Neurotransmissions: an engaging, accessible look inside the neuroscience research world, exploring current research topics and emerging technologies, public health issues in the domain of biomedical science, the intersection between science and society, and unique perspectives and experiences across generations of neuroscientists. Production and communication support by Dr. Helena Decker, Katie Edwards and Kevin Albertini.
70. Homeostasis in the Body with Yuki Oka
Dr. Yuki Oka is an assistant professor at CalTech where his research focuses on understanding the neural and molecular basis of motivated behaviors toward homeostatic regulation. The long-term goal of our research is to understand how the brain integrates internal body state and external sensory information to maintain homeostasis in the body.
Listen to Misha, Ingo, and Ka as they ask Dr. Oka about his research.
69 - Perception with Hillel Adesnik
In this episode, Jeremy and Joe talk with Dr. Hillel Adesnik, Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkley. Together they explore Dr. Adesnik’s work understanding the neural basis of perception, the challenges facing this area of study, and the philosophy of how we understand the concept of perception.
68. Understanding Movement with Mark Churchland
In this episode, Dr. Mark Churchland talks with MPFI postdocs Jeremy Chang and Alex Gribizis about his research into the function of the motor cortex. Dr. Churchland's lab at Columbia University studies the role of neural activity that affects movement. He takes us through a brief history of this field of study, the limitations of brain-machine interfaces, and talks about where he sees his research going in the future.
67 - Deep Learning with Mackenzie Mathis
In this episode, Joe and Misha talk to Dr. Mackenzie Mathis about deep learning with artificial neural networks. She takes us through her experience developing computer vision tools like DeepLabCut, as well as her research into adaptive motor control at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL).
66- Catching Up on Connectomics with Dr. Jeff Lichtman
On this episode of Neurotransmissions, Dr Jeff Lichtman professor of Neuroscience at Harvard University and our guest from the 2nd episode of Neurotransmissions is back to visit during MPFI’s annual imaging course. We were lucky enough that Dr. Lichtman spared a bit of time to sit down with Misha and Alex to discuss recent progress that has been made in the field of connectomics. Learn about ongoing projects, technological progress and hurdles, and the growing understanding about the value of connectomics in understanding the brain.
65: Career Progression and Auditory Behavior with Dr. David Schneider
On this career-focused episode Joe, Audrey, and Jeremy catch up with friend of the podcast Dr. David Schneider. When Dr. Schneider was last on the podcast (Episode 15), he was a postdoctoral fellow newly on the job market looking for an independent position. Now he is running his own lab as an Assistant Professor of Neural Science at New York University. Hear about the factors Dr. Schneider considered when applying for jobs, the process of interviewing, how he started his lab at NYU, and what he’s thinking about when it comes to auditory cued behaviors in the future.
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