Neurobiology

The research groups in the Department of Neurobiology employ a variety of physiological, anatomical, molecular and computational techniques to study the operation of the nervous system. The experimental approaches we use range from classical microelectrode techniques for single-cell recordings to powerful modern techniques such as two-photon microscopy, optogenetics and functional neuro-imaging. These approaches allow us to characterize the functional activity of the nervous system from the level of the single cell to the level of the system as a whole. This in turn enables us to analyze brain activity during sensation, mental activity, or motor behavior. Neuronal plasticity, which is involved in development and memory, is studied in vitro in small cultured networks and in vivo by measuring the dynamics of neurons and networks with genetically engineered florescent markers and light activation of specific neurons. The experimental approaches are complemented by theoretical and computational studies which integrate the large body of experimental data into testable hypotheses. Computational studies include the construction of models of single nerve cells and local circuits, and even whole cortical columns in mammals’ cortex. Their aim is to clarify how the properties of neurons and synapses, and specific cell morphology and connections (the “connectome”), contribute to the emergence of brain functions. Additional research projects focus on advancing future technologies and include building efficient electronic chips for achieving a better “brain- machine interface” and learning how biology can solve difficult motor-controlled tasks. Our hope is that these studies inspire the development of a new generation of robots. Many members of the Department are affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC) and with the newly erected Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC).

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Insect Flight
Micro Flight Lab
Understanding the mechanisms of flight control in insects; bio-mimetic robotics
פרופ' בני הוכנר ותמנון באקווריום
Motor Control of the Flexible Arms of theOoctopus - Inspiration forRrobotics
Motor control of the flexible arms of the octopus - inspiration for robotics. Neurobiology of learning and memory in an advanced invertebrate - the Octopus.
Visual Systems
Vision: information processing in the mammalian and primate visual pathway. Computational neuroscience. Perception, learning and conciousness.
Prof. Loewenstein with a basketball
Decision Making Research
Decision-making and reinforcement learning, Reinforcement learning and cellular plasticity, The neuronal mechanisms underlying contraction bias, the functional architecture of the cerebellar cortex.
Neurons
Neural Coding
Neural and dendritic computation and coding, Neuronal noise, neural basis of vocal communication, information theory analysis of neural communication.
Prof. Adi Mizrahi
Neuronal & Circuit Plasticity
What are the mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in the brain? Functional and structural plasticity during perceptual learning. What changes in the brain underlie social learning, and maternal behavior. The auditory system – development, learning and function.   
Auditory Neuroscience
Auditory Neurophysiology
Responses of neurons in the auditory system to complex sounds
Neural Networks
Experimental and theoretical neurobiology. Computational neuroscience; the neuron as a complicated computing element; individual nerve cells as information processing devices. Time coding by neurons.
Prof. Segev in his lab
Neural Conduction
Experimental and theoretical neurobiology. Computational neuroscience; the neuron as a complicated computing element; individual nerve cells as information processing devices. Time coding by neurons.
פרופ' מיכה ספירא נואם
Neuronal Networks
Nutritional plasticity, a multidisciplinary approach to study the mechanis- ms underlying long-term neuronal and synaptic remodeling. The cellular, molecular and biophysical mechanisms underlying growth cone formation, navigation of neurites, target recognition, synapse formation and neuronal network construction in development, regeneration and simple forms of learning and memory processes. Development of neuron-electronic hybrid systems.
Neurobiology of the Cerebellum
Cellular physiology of central neurons. Subthreshold oscillations, resonance frequencies and rhythm generation in mammalian central nervous systems.
Prof. Ehud Zohary
Visual Perception and its Neural Correlates
Functional imaging of the human visual system. Coordinate transformations in the visual system. Active vision: the interplay between perception, attention, and eye movements. Interactions between vision and haptics. The human body image. Vision and action: the mirror system. Plasticity in the visual system following blindness.

2019

Time & Location Info
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 13:00

Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Daniela Kaufer,Department of Integrative Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley

Title: Hippocampal plasticity shaping stress vulnerability

 
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Hiromasa Takemura,CiNet, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Title: Using diffusion-weighted MRI to measure white matter pathways in the visual system

 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 13:00

Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Jackie Schiller,Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Technion Medical School

Title: Cell type specific computation in primary motor cortex

 
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Dima Rinberg, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, NYU

Title: Olfactory code from the behavioral perspective  

 
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Suzana Herculano Houzel, Vanderbilt University 

Title: The costs and advantages of having a human brain - or, Why you really have to go to school

 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Suzana Herculano Houzel, Vanderbilt University 

Title: Whatever works: the many ways to build a brain

 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 13:00

Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Shir Atzil, Department of Psychology, HUJI

Title: Growing a social brain

 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 13:00

Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Bruno Averbeck, NIMH/NIH 

Title: Neural systems underlying reinforcement learning

 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:00

Room 2004, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Ranit Aharonov & Dr. Noam Slonim, IBM 

Title: Project Debater - How Persuasive can a Computer Be?

 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Kia Nobre, Oxford University

Title: Remembering with the benefit of foresight

 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 13:00

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Speaker: Prof. Nathaniel D. Daw, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton 

Title:  Approximate action evaluation: Habits and beyond 

 
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:30

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Kalanit Grill-Spector, Department of Psychology and Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University

Title: Neural Mechanisms of the Development of High-level Visual Cortex

2018

מועד ומיקום Info
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Michael Greenberg, Harvard University

Title: How nature and nurture conspire to control brain development and function

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Michael Greenberg, Harvard University

Title: How nature and nurture conspire to control brain development and function

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Rafi Hadad, Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University

Title: A novel circuit that can solve the odor identity puzzle

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Marcela Pekna, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Title: The complement system: a novel sculptor of the developing and injured brain 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 13:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Randy Blakely
Title: Presynaptic autoreceptor regulation of dopamine inactivation – Circuit dependence and disease relevance 

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