Saturday, July 24, 2021
10:00AM - 2:30PM
The Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring an in-person workshop* on New Models and Methods in Invertebrate Neuroscience on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Invertebrate models play a key role in neuroscience research and help provide a framework to understand general aspects of behavioral neuroscience as well as offering opportunities to expand our understanding of the rules governing sophisticated neural processing. This workshop will explore specific models and methods Caltech labs are utilizing in this field. The workshop will consist of a number of short talks followed by an opportunity for Q&A.
SESSION 1: 10:30 AM - 12:00PM
Learning the complex mechanics of the Drosophila flight system
Johan Melis, Graduate Student, Dickinson lab
Genetic tools in Dalotia coriaria, a model rove beetle (Staphylinidae)
David Miller, Graduate Student, Parker lab
Scalable control of motor elements in Drosophila wing threat display
Shuo Cao, Graduate Student, Anderson lab
Origins of structured representations of odor in the fly mushroom body
Elizabeth Hong, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Caltech
SESSION 2: 1:30PM - 2:30PM
How male roundworms decode sex pheromone signals
Olivia Xuan Wan, Postdoc, Sternberg lab
Using protein engineering guided by biophysics to study affinity requirements for cell surface proteins during nervous system synaptic wiring
Shuwa Xu, Postdoc, Zinn lab
Visualizing synaptic connectivity in brain circuits
Carlos Lois, Research Professor of Biology, Caltech
The workshop will take place in Chen 100, the auditorium located in the new Chen Neuroscience Research Building. The workshop will also be broadcast in the breezeway, just outside the auditorium, where attendees will be able to enjoy the workshop in a shaded outside setting. Masks will be required inside the auditorium. Click here to read the latest campus COVID protocols.
Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend please contact Chen.Inst@caltech.edu
*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.