Michael Bolus succesfully defends his PhD thesis!

Congratulations on a great defense, Michael! We’re sad to see you on your way out but you absolutely deserve all 3 letters behind your name! Michael’s thesis is called “Closed-Loop Optogenetic Control And Thalamic State”. He used engineering approaches to feedback control and state estimation to tackle the problem of … More Michael Bolus succesfully defends his PhD thesis!

Stanley Lab Demonstrates How Our Brain Controls Our Muscles at Scott Elementary Science and Technology Festival

As part of The Kids Interested In Technology, Engineering, and Science (KITES) festival, members of the Stanley Lab visited Scott Elementary to teach several classes of students about neuroscience and muscle physiology. The demonstration, organized by lab member Audrey Sederberg, involved using a Backyard Brains EMG Kit and custom-built software to demonstrate … More Stanley Lab Demonstrates How Our Brain Controls Our Muscles at Scott Elementary Science and Technology Festival

New Publication – Primary tactile thalamus spiking reflects cognitive signals

Abstract: Little is known about whether information transfer at primary sensory thalamic nuclei is modified by behavioral context. Here we studied the influence of previous decisions/rewards on current choices and preceding spike responses of ventro-posterior medial thalamus (VPm, the primary sensory thalamus in the rat whisker-related tactile system). We trained head-fixed … More New Publication – Primary tactile thalamus spiking reflects cognitive signals

Megan McDonnell wins President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA)

Megan McDonnell, a BME freshman conducting research in the Stanley Lab since January 2018 was awarded a PURA Salary Award, which will allow her to continue her work on the anatomical and functional correlates of the sense of touch during the summer. Find out more about the PURA here