Speaker: Dr Itia Favre-Bulle
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland

Title: “Optogenetics, photoactivation and manipulation to study zebrafish sensory perceptions and cognitive functions.”

Abstract:  In the past decades, optical methods to interrogate neuronal networks have flourished. These new advancements have allowed neuroscientists to design complex studies with unprecedented precision. For this talk I will discuss three different use of photons (particle of light) that I employ in zebrafish brain: photoconversion, photoactivation and optical trapping. With these methods, photons are used to either manipulate proteins (convert their stable configuration), manipulate neurons (open or close ion channels) or apply forces on biological matter in vivo. I will focus the rest of the talk on the use of those methods for a new project: the study of the noradrenergic system and locus coeruleus (LC) in zebrafish, a key brain region for the regulation of arousal, attention, cognitive function, and stress reactions. I am particularly interested in the regulation of sensory information by the LC and will show preliminary results of the influence of the noradrenergic system on hearing and finally discuss future perspectives.



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