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A Conversation with Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Lori Dajose
The most recent addition to the BBE faculty discusses studying the earliest stages of embryonic development, writing a book, and mentoring women in science.
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

How Memories Form and Fade

Lori Dajose
Caltech researchers identify the neural processes that make some memories fade rapidly while other memories persist over time.
memory neurons

Settling the Debate on Serotonin's Role in Sleep

Lori Dajose
New research finds that serotonin is necessary for sleep, settling a long-standing controversy.
Stock image of a person sleeping next to an alarm clock

Gut Bacteria Influence Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

Lori Dajose
Caltech researchers have discovered that gut bacteria directly contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice.
Artist depiction of bacteria in the gut.

Being Refreshed Is Not The Same As Being Hydrated

Emily Velasco
Researchers in the lab of Yuki Oka discover that multiple signals from the throat and the gut contribute to alleviating thirst.
A man cups his hands under a pipe to catch and drink water.

Anxious People Quicker to Flee Danger

Whitney Clavin
By better understanding anxiety circuits in our brains, researchers may learn what goes awry in people with anxiety disorders.
Picture of a tiger

How the Brain Learns New Skills

Lori Dajose
It is easier for the brain to adapt and rewire itself when learning new things related to familiar skills.
neuron activity

New Super-Resolution Technique Enables Unprecedented Cellular Imaging

Lorinda Dajose
seqFISH+ will help scientists better understand the processes underlying developmental biology, neuroscience, and diseases like cancer.
A constellation of colored dots

The Salt-Craving Neurons

Lorinda Dajose
Pass the potato chips, please! New research discovers neural circuits that regulate craving and satiation for salty tastes.
An illustration of salt and a brain.

Evidence for a Human Geomagnetic Sense

Robert Perkins
Geoscientists and neurobiologists team up to explore how humans respond to Earth's magnetic field.
Brainwave data