Applications due January 27, 2017
The Zeiss Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center at the University of California, Berkeley offers an annual course on state-of-the-art optical tools, imaging systems, and analysis methods that are being developed for the study of neuronal circuits. Our intensive week-long course includes training in the theory and practice of emerging BRAIN Initiative neurotechnologies. Up to 16 students will work side by side with Berkeley Neuroscience faculty as they rotate through microscope demos and then choose a microscope station for a project.
We will post the 2017 agenda as it becomes available. For now, you can look at the following to get a feel for what the course is like.
Lectures will cover the theory and research methodology underlying the development and use of imaging technologies for the study of neural circuits. Lectures will include the below, with more to come.
- Neural Circuits
- The Optical Revolution and Neurophysiology
- Microscopy Methods for Neurophysiology
- Clearing Agents and Techniques
- Photochemical and optogenetic tools for measuring and manipulating neural activity
- Fluorophore and BioSensor Design
- Imaging Processing and Quantification
- Imaging Sensory Maps
- Automated Image Analysis
- Super Resolution
The course will include rotations and short research projects with your choice of over a dozen different microscope stations, as well as several offline analysis stations. Students are welcome to bring their own specimens and data to work on. Stations will include the below, with more to come.
- Lightsheet for cleared samples
- 2-photon in vivo imaging with 2-photon optogenetic stimulation
- Zeiss LSM 880 NLO with FAST Airyscan
- Spinning disk confocal with optogenetic stimulation
- Zeiss LSM 880 NLO with NIR excitation
- Fluorescence dissecting scope for real-time in vivo interrogation of whole embryos
- Lightsheet for live water-based samples
The following are confirmed faculty for 2017. Check back for updates.
|Helen Bateup||Assistant Professor of Neurobiology||Research Focus: Molecular basis of synapse and circuit changes associated with epilepsy and autism.|
|Xavier Darzacq||Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development||Research Focus: Mechanisms of transcription regulation.|
|Dan Feldman||Professor of Neurobiology||Research Focus: Sensory processing and plasticity in the somatosensory cortex.|
|Marla Feller||Professor of Neurobiology||Research Focus: Functional development and organization of neural circuits in the retina.|
|Ehud Isacoff||Professor of Neurobiology||Research Focus: Mechanisms of ion channel function, synapse development, plasticity, and neural circuit function.|
|Na Ji||Associate Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology||Research focus: Imaging technology such as adaptive optics for the study of neural circuit activity.|
|Richard Kramer||Professor of Neurobiology||Research Focus: Novel chemical reagents for non-invasive optical sensing and manipulation of ion channels and synapses.|
|Evan Miller||Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology||Research Focus: Development and application of molecular tools for studying neuroscience.|
|Nipam Patel||Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development||Research Focus: Developmental basis of evolutionary change.|
|Laura Waller||Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences||Research Focus: designing imaging systems and algorithms.|
How to Apply
PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career faculty are encouraged to apply. There are three parts to the application. All application materials must be submitted by January 27th, 2017 for your application to be considered. We will notify you when your application is complete.
Part 1) Basic information. >> Please submit an application form
Part 2) Provide a statement that describes what you are studying and why you want to take the course (700 words max). Please email a pdf of your statement to email@example.com. Files should be labeled with your name as follows: last_first_statement.pdf
Part 3) PhD student and postdoc applicants must submit a letter support from their PI. Please ask your PI to email a pdf of your letter of support to firstname.lastname@example.org (700 words max). Files should be labeled using the applicant’s name as follows: last_first_support.pdf
A faculty committee will review your applications and announce our decision by February 27th.
If you are chosen to participate in the course, we will contact you with information on how to register, as well as information on travel and housing. A registration fee of $1200 covers the cost of the course and all meals.
The course organizers are Holly Aaron (Director of the BrainMIC and Molecular Imaging Center), Jen-Yi Lee (Molecular Imaging Center), and Georgeann Sack (Berkeley Neuroscience Communications). You can reach us by email at email@example.com.
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