The Stanley Lab secured a 2 year R21 Grant from the NIH/NINDS entitled “Interhemispheric interactions underlying bilateral somatosensation”. In this work, we will elucidate the neocortical laminar and cellular basis of interhemispheric computations underlying bilateral tactile interactions, and reveal their role in bilateral stimulus encoding and perception. We will investigate bilateral tactile interactions in the whisker system of the mouse, using a unique combination of extracellular recordings, optogenetic identification and targeted chemogenetic manipulations of specific interhemispheric projections, and a signal detection theory and decoding analytic framework, all during active bilateral somatosensation. This work is being led by Dr. Aurélie Pala, a senior postdoctoral researcher in the lab. Great work, Aurélie!
On June 10, the Stanley Lab joined academics across the country in the #ShutDownAcademia, #ShutDownSTEM, and #Strike4BlackLives movement. In solidarity, we did not perform any research nor conduct business as usual, but instead, used the day to reflect and educate ourselves on the injustices in our country as well as within our department. As a group, we then watched Dr. Manu Platt, PhD in a speech that he gave at the 2017 BMES Diversity Award Lecture where he encouraged us all to act now in contributing to make our communities more equitable. We concluded by brainstorming on things we will do as a lab to support Black Lives, diversify our communities, and make the world a more just place for all. We look forward to more of such discussions.
Michael Bolus, PhD candidate, was awarded the J. Norman and Rosalyn Wells Fellowship for graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech. This fellowship is awarded to doctoral students who are conducting meritorious research in the areas of neuroengineering or brain tumors, in recognition of his proposal entitled “Closed-loop Optogenetic Control of Thalamic State.”
Way to go, Michael!