Molecular biological techniques (microarrays, viral vector construction, PCR, various types of biochemical techniques), cell and tissue culture, immuno-histochemistry, behavioral assays to assess functional recovery. Available in April 2021.
In this electrophysiological project we will use patch clamp, intracellular electrodes and multielectrode arrays to record responses of retinal neurons and use information theory and linear/non-linear system analysis to determine how and with what efficiency visual information is coded in the outer retina.
For this project the fish are tested in behavioral tasks using optokinetic, startle and optomotor assays. Furthermore, the electrical responses of the eye are evaluated using ERG measurements and the morphology of the retina is studied using morphological techniques.
The group studies the neurobiological basis of reinforcement learning, decision making, and compulsive behavior. We are driven by the question “How do we control our behavior?” and “How do we lose control?”.The student will be involved in one of the projects that are available.