Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN), located within the Experimental Psychology Research Department, UCL. The project, funded by a three-year BBSRC grant awarded to Sam Solomon in association with Aman Saleem and Kate Jeffery, aims to understand how animals use visual information to motivate and organise escape behaviour. We are interested in both how sensory signals drive behaviour and how cognitive circuits direct behaviour. The project will involve multi-channel electrophysiology and cellular imaging in mice to reveal the neural signals, and optogenetic and lesion methods to causally perturb responses.
The successful candidate will be expected to design, conduct and analyse data from behavioural and electrophysiology experiments in mice. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presenting the data at international conferences. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available.
Erin's paper on "Interpreting the dimensions of neural feature representations revealed by dimensionality reduction" accepted in Neuroimage
Sander's paper on relationship between cortical rhythyms and lateral geniculate nucleus activity out in J Physiology
Adam Kohn and Sam receive International Research Collaboration Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Three years funding reciprocal visits and investigations of visual circuitry
Jonas Larsson, Adam Kohn, and Sam have reviewed state of the field in using adaptation in fMRI scanners to reveal functional selectivity of cortical areas. See http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010945215003792
Natalie shows that in LGN of marmoset, a small proportion of cells (located in the 'K' layers) show overt responses to stimuli in both eyes. This challenges the dogma that binocular integration is preserve of the cerebral cortex.