September 17, 2020
1:00PM - 4:45PM
The Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring its next workshop* on Methods in Evolutionary Neuroscience. This workshop will focus on methods development for studying brain evolution and nervous systems of emerging model organisms.
Due to the pandemic this workshop will be available via Zoom Webinar. The workshop will be open to the Caltech community.
The workshop will be moderated by Dr. Joe Parker, Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech. The workshop will consist of short talks followed by an opportunity for Q&A. There will be two sessions. Session one will be from 1:00PM - 2:30PM followed by a 30-minute break and then session two will begin at 3:00PM.
SESSION 1: 1:00PM - 2:30PM
"Exploring the neural basis for the evolution of pheromone preference" Rory Coleman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ruta lab, Rockefeller University.
"Developing a paradigm for interspecies behavioural evolution" Han Kim, Chen Graduate Fellow, Parker lab, Caltech.
"Adaptation of ingestive behavior" Yuki Oka, Professor of Biology and Chen Scholar, Caltech.
"Molecular adaptation to the unique lifestyle in mammalian hibernators" Elena Gracheva, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience, Yale.
SESSION 2: 3:00PM - 4:45PM
"How behavioral and evolutionary constraints sculpt early visual processing" Stephanie Palmer, Associate Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago.
"Riding the crest to get a head: neural crest evolution in vertebrates" Megan Martik, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bronner lab, Caltech. Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley starting July 2021.
"Establishing Clytia hemisphaerica as a new neuroscience model" Brady Weissbourd, Postdoctoral Scholar, Associate, HHMI, Anderson lab, Caltech.
"Cell-Type Specific Stress Response in Clytia hemisphaerica" Tara Chari, Graduate Student, Pachter lab, Caltech.
"How to expand a circuit: Evolution of the cerebellar nuclei" Justus Kebschull, Postdoctoral Fellow, Luo lab, Stanford University. Head of the Kebschull lab at Johns Hopkins University starting January 2021.
*The Chen Institute workshop series is designed to introduce non-neuroscientists to some of the challenging problems facing our understanding of brain function, as well as to bring them up to date on the state-of-the-art knowledge and methods in different sub-fields of neuroscience. The goal of these workshops is to promote discussion and to forge new interactions and cross-divisional collaborations at Caltech.