Watching sensory information translate into behavior

This powerful microscope was built by Vivek Venkatachalam (above), a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Professor of Physics Aravinthan Samuel in collaboration with fellow postdoc Ni Ji, Professor Mark Alkema of UMass Worcester, and Professor Mei Zhen, a former Radcliffe Fellow at the University of Toronto. Credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer It remains one of the most fundamental questions in neuroscience: How does the flood of sensory information—everything an animal touches, tastes, smells, sees, and hears—translate into behavior? A state-of-the-art microscope, which allows scientists to peer into the brains of animals in real time, may provide the answers. Built by Vivek Venkatachalam, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Professor of Physics Aravinthan Samuel in collaboration with fellow postdoc Ni Ji, Professor Mark Alkema of UMass Worcester,…


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