Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 10th, 2018

Berkeley engineers build smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator

In 2016, UC Berkeley engineers demonstrated the first implanted, ultrasonic neural dust sensors, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time. Now, Berkeley engineers have taken neural dust a step forward by building the smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator to date. The device, called […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 5th, 2018

Congrats to our latest NSF Fellowship Awardees

Three Berkeley Neuroscience PhD Program students received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Please join us in expressing our congratulations! 2018 NSF Fellowship Awardees Hayley Bounds (entering class of 2017) Celia Ford (entering class of 2017) Kevin Yu (entering class of 2016, Theunissen Lab ) We would also like to congratulate Ellen Zippi (entering class of 2017) […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 5th, 2018

Biophysics graduate student Neha Wadia receives 2018 Google PhD Fellowship

We would like to congratulate Neha Wadia (DeWeese Lab) for receiving this honor. Google created the PhD Fellowship program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines. This year, 39 recipients from North America, Europe and the Middle East were selected for the program.

Berkeley News | March 29th, 2018

Poor grades tied to class times that don’t match our biological clocks

It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms, according to a new study from UC Berkeley and Northeastern Illinois University. Researchers tracked the personal daily online activity profiles of nearly 15,000 college students as they logged into campus servers. After sorting the students into “night owls,” “daytime finches” and […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 15th, 2018

Marla Feller receives Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award

Congratulations to Marla Feller, Professor and Head of Neurobiology, on receiving a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award! Nominations for this award are made by the faculty member’s graduate student mentees. It is a tremendous honor to receive one of these awards – only three faculty members across the UC Berkeley campus are selected each year. […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | March 13th, 2018

Lights on learning: Cortico-striatal feedback required to learn brain control of an external device

A fundamental question in neuroscience is “How does the brain learn?” Berkeley Neuroscience labs are addressing this question across scales, from changes in the proteins embedded in neuronal membranes to large scale hemodynamic responses in the human brain, and throughout the life span, from the earliest skills animals must learn after birth to the diminished […]

Berkeley News | March 1st, 2018

Retraining the brain’s vision center to take action

Neuroscientists have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the eyes to develop new skills, in this case, to control a computer-generated tone. The researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, could just as easily have […]

Berkeley Vision Science | February 15th, 2018

Repairing the Retina

A mouse, soaking wet, is scooped up in the warm hands of a researcher. It has just paddled its way through a tub of water and climbed onto a platform, getting a welcome break from swimming. The researcher had trained it to associate the hidden resting spot with a nearby flickering light, and if this […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | February 15th, 2018

The stuff of friendship: PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery studies the neuroendocrinology of peer affiliation

Annaliese Beery (entering class of 2003) PhD Program alum Annaliese Beery is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Smith College. Beery has an infectious enthusiasm for her research, which is broadly concerned with how environment and experience affect the brain to influence behavior. A major focus of her lab is a continuation of the work […]