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.
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.
64- Cerebellum and Writing with Dr. Indira Raman
As they say, “Better late than never!”. We've been digging back into our archive and found this once thought to be a lost interview with Dr. Indira Raman from 2018! Join Joe, Audrey, and Matt as they sit down with Dr. Raman, the Bill and Gayle Cook Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, to discuss what we know and don’t know about cerebellum. Hear also about how Dr. Raman's essays, such as ‘Living Science: Triaging Shakespeare’ (https://elifesciences.org/articles/07157), allow her to humorously articulate the uncertainty and creative pressures that go along with a career in modern science. Enjoy!
63 - Dr. Peter Dayan and Computational Neuroscience
How can quantitative methods help us understand how the brain works? On this episode Joe, Jeremy, and Alex are joined by Dr. Peter Dayan the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany. They'll discuss the different computational approaches taken to understand how the brain works, Dr. Dayan's own work using models to understand reinforcement learning and the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in this process, and the goal of the International Brain Laboratory. Enjoy!
62 - Dr. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, NeuroScience Fiction and Conciousness
In this episode, Joe and Misha talk to Dr. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, author of the new book “NeuroScience Fiction” and researcher who famously identified the Jennifer Aniston neuron. They dive into everything from Dr. Quiroga’s work with concept cells to his fascinating look at the convergence of neuroscience with futuristic sci-fi. They also explore the evolution of AI and what it means to have consciousness.
Great for neuro nerds
Really enjoy having a local resource like Max Planck helping to make interesting things in neuroscience more accessible
Excellent and funny
I love this podcast! I’m a psychologist who loves learning more about cutting edge brain science. Guests are super interesting and make me laugh out loud.
Exciting and fun
I am avid listener of science podcasts and I must say, this is my favorite one. They have very interesting guests and are always on top of ground-breaking research. The format of the talks is also very informal which makes it fun to listen to.