The Svoboda Lab’s Nicholas Sofroniew spoke to BBC News about the tactile virtual reality system for mice he and colleagues created at Janelia. This research is helping scientists understand how mice learn and form memories, and may eventually help us understand how our own brains work.
Chemical & Engineering News honored Group Leader Luke Lavis in their first annual "Talented 12" feature. The magazine highlighted twelve up-and-coming chemists who are using their research to solve global problems.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have profiled key features of the genetic material inside three types of brain cells and found vast differences in the patterns of chemical modifications that affect how the genes in each type of neuron are regulated.
This video shows how Group Leader Kristin Branson clustered the fly brain into small regions to analyze which parts are involved in different behaviors.
In this video, each trace represents neural activity across the brain during one presentation of a moving stimulus, and different colors indicate various directions of motion. By watching the movie, one can see how neural activity evolves over time.
This video shows a simulation of a model describing how neural circuits may store information for short-term memory.
A tethered Drosophila walks on a small rotating ball while facing a curved LED screen that shows different visual patterns.
Fernando Amat, Philipp Keller, and William Lemon were awarded the prize in the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition for their video that captures the early development of a fruit fly embryo.
If you're finding it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet, scientists in the Sternson Lab say you can likely blame hunger-sensitive cells in your brain known as AGRP neurons. According to new experiments, these neurons are responsible for the unpleasant feelings of hunger that make snacking irresistible.
Studying fruit fly larvae, Janelia scientists have mapped the entire neural circuit involved in combining vibration and pain sensations used in triggering an escape behavior.
A study from group leader Julie Simpson's lab suggests that the neural pathways that control the cleaning of each body part are organized into a hierarchy in which higher-priority cleaning movements suppress lower-priority ones, which are then executed later in the grooming sequence.
Janelia group leader Albert Lee and his team are studying how neurons respond to new places. In a new study, they examined neuronal activity in rats as they explored an unusually large maze for the first time.
Spend a day embedded in the Svoboda Lab as the team pushes itself to design a new type of microscope and uses a virtual reality system to learn how mice explore the world. This short documentary video provides a behind-the-scenes slice-of-life look at Karel's lab, his research, and Janelia's unique model.