Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 13th, 2018

To die will be an awfully big adventure: PhD Program alum Peter Pan studies neuron aging

Chun-Liang (Peter) Pan wants to understand the genetic program of neuronal aging and how neurons interact with other cell types to coordinate responses to stress. He studies these questions by taking advantage of the powerful genetic tools and relatively short life span of our favorite worm, C. elegans. Pan is currently Associate Professor at the […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | April 10th, 2018

Watch “DARPA at Berkeley: Developing a Million Neuron Cortical Modem”

“The brain is made of billions of neurons. Many of these are dedicated to sensory perception. But how many neurons does it take in order to create what we call a percept?” Ehud Isacoff In July 2017, Berkeley researchers were awarded a contract for up to $21.6M from DARPA to build an implantable brain-computer interface […]

Berkeley Vision Science | April 10th, 2018

Puthussery Lab Lands Journal of Neuroscience Cover

Research from the lab of Berkeley Optometry and Vision Science professor Teresa Puthussery is featured in the April edition of The Journal of Neuroscience The rods and cones in the eye convert light into electrical signals that are propagated through the retina to the brain. Dr. Puthussery and co-authors Jacqueline Gayet-Primo, Daniel B. Yaeger, and Roupen […]

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 […]