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Giocomo Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

Lisa Giocomo, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. Lisa Giocomo
Contact Email: 
Alex Attinger (attialex@stanford.edu)
Funding Deadline: 
February 28, 2021 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: We study how network dynamics interact to mediate spatial memory and navigation.

Techniques: We use electrophysiology, behavior, imaging, gene manipulations and computational modeling to study navigation and memory in mice and rats

Website: https://giocomolab.weebly.com/

Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Location: Flexible, with possibilities for remote or on-campus research projects

Required skills: Programming experience - Projects involve data analysis and general programming in Matlab or Python. 

This lab is particularly interested in mentoring: Undergrads from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, Undergrads without previous exposure to laboratory research

How to apply: Contact Alex Attinger (attialex@stanford.edu)

Project information: The project evolves around developing a simple computer game that mice learn to play in a virtual reality environment. The project can involve designing a novel computer game or optimizing existing ones. It also involves developing an automated training routine to accelerate learning in mice (all in Python). By analyzing behavioral data and at a later point activity of neurons of mice playing video games (in Matlab or Python), we will hopefully gain novel insights in how the brain processes information about the outside world and integrates this with memory and experience to solve complex tasks. Once COVID restrictions are lifted,  it will be possible to be directly involved in handling and training mice as well as recording neural activity with two photon calcium imaging.