Yang Dan is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Her research aims to elucidate (1) what circuits in the mammalian brain control sleep, and (2) mechanisms by which the frontal cortex exerts top-down executive control. Her lab uses a variety of techniques, including optogenetics, electrophysiology, imaging, and virus-mediated circuit tracing. Currently her lab is studying the neural circuits controlling sleep and the function of the prefrontal cortex. For further information click here.
Talk Title: A motor theory of sleep control