Venkatesh Murthy, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
16 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138
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The vast capacity of the brain to process and store information arises from the large number of neurons and their synaptic connectivity. Research in our laboratory is motivated by general questions of how neural circuits process information and how they adapt to changing conditions. We develop and use novel optical and physiological methods in the living animal to seek answers to the following general questions in the main olfactory system of rodents:
(1) How is odor information represented in the early stages of the olfactory system?
(2) What is the logic of functional synaptic circuits in the early stages of the olfactory system?
(3) How is information processing affected by different brain states - sleep, wakefulness and neuromodulation?
(4) How are functional circuits in the olfactory system regulated by odor experience?
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Last Update: 10/30/2013