Neuroscience Graduate Group Journal Club Papers

Journal Club meets Mondays from 3pm-4:30pm in Barchi Library.

Co-directors: Kacy Cullen, Ph.D ( and Sandra Maday., Ph.D. (

Course Description and Details

Note: Each presentation will be on the research papers related to thats week's MINS Seminar on Wednesday.

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September 28, 2016
Dr. Chenghua Gu, Harvard University
"Molecular mechanisms governing the formation and function of the blood-brain barrier"

Sandra Maday/Wenqin Luo

Neuronal and Vascular Interactions

Mfsd2a is critical for the formation and function of the blood-brain barrier

Sensory-Related Neural Activity Regulates the Structure of Vascular Networks in the Cerebral Cortex


October 5, 2016
Dr. Joshua Berke,
UC San Francisco*
*Dr. Berke has cancelled his Seminar but presentations will be made based on papers selected from his research.

Kacy Cullen

Canceling actions involves a race between basal ganglia pathways

Mesolimbic dopamine signals the value of work


October 12, 2016
Dr. David Sulzer, Columbia University
The Dopamine Synapse

Mentor: John Dani

Voluntary adolescent drinking enhances excitation by low levels of alcohol in a subset of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area

Fluorescent false neurotransmitter reveals functionally silent dopamine vesicle clusters in the striatum

Striatal dopamine neurotransmission: Regulation of release and uptake


October 19, 2016
Topic TBD

Mentor: Kacy Cullen


November 2, 2016
Dr. Florian Engert, Harvard University
"The Structure of larval zebrafish behavior a quantitative analysis"

Mentor: Michael Granato


November 9, 2016
Topic TBD

Mentor: Sandy Maday


November 16, 2016
Topic TBD

Mentor: Sandy Maday



November 30, 2016
Dr. Robert Gereau, Washington University

Wenqin Luo


December 7, 2016
Dr. Jeff Nye,
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center


December 14, 2016
Dr. Marcelo Wood,
UC Irvine