Neuroscience Graduate Group Journal Club Papers

Journal Club meets Mondays from 12pm-1:30pm in Barchi Library.

Co-directors: Marc Fuccillo, M.D, Ph.D ( and Matt Kayser, M.D., 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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January 20, 2016
Dr. Larry B. Cohen,

Brian Salzberg

In Vivo functional properties of juxtaglomerular neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb

Monitoring brain activity with protein voltage and calcium sensors

Toward better genetically encoded sensors of membrane potential


February 3, 2016
Dr. Eric Nestler, Mt. Sinai

Joe Zhou

b-catenin mediates stress resilience through Dicer1/microRNA regulation

Epigenetic Signaling in Psychiatric Disorders

ACF chromatin-remodeling complex mediates stress-induced depressive-like behavior


February 10, 2016
Dr. Mala Murthy, Princeton University

Maria Geffen

Abstract and Title

Dynamic sensory cues shape song structure in Drosophila

Connecting Neural Codes with Behavior in the Auditory System of Drosophila


February 25, 2016
Dr. Ben Barres, Stanford University--CANCELLED
What do reactive astrocytes do?

Mentor: Erika Holzbaur

Astrocytes mediate synapse elimination through MEGF10 and MERTK pathways

A Dramatic Increase of C1q Protein in the CNS during Normal Aging

Do Glia drive synpatic and cognitive impairment in disease?

March 2, 2016
Dr. Nicholas Ryba, NIH

Mentor: Wenqin Luo

Common Sense about Taste: From Mammals to Insects

High Salt Recruits Aversive Taste Pathways

Sweet and bitter taste in the brain of awake behaving animals


March 9, 2016
Dr. Beatriz Luna, University of Pittsburgh

Maja Bucan

An Integrative Model of the Maturation of Cognitive Control

The Contribution of Network Organization and Integration to the Development of Cognitive Control

Longitudinal Growth Curves of Brain Function Underlying Inhibitory Control through Adolescence


March 23, 2016
Dr. Andreas Tolias, Baylor College

John Dani

Electrophysiological, transcriptomic and morphologic profiling of single neurons using Patch-seq

Supplementary figures for Electrophysiological etc.

Principles of connectivity among morphologically defined cell types in adult neocortex


March 30, 2016
Dr. Peter Kalivas
, Medical University of South Carolina
"O'Brien Lecture"

Mentor: Chris Pierce

Corticostriatal circuitry in regulating diseases characterized by intrusive thinking

Synaptic plasticity mediating cocaine relapse requires matrix metalloproteinases

Coding the direct/indirect pathways by D1 and D2 receptors is not valid for accumbens projections


April 13, 2016
Dr. David Prober, Caltech

Mentor: David Raizen

A Zebrafish genetic screen identifies Neuromedin U as a regulator of Sleep/Wake States

Norepinephrine is required to promote wakefulness and for hypocretin-induced arousal in zebrafish

Regulation of zebrafish sleep and arousal states: current and prospective approaches


April 20, 2016
Dr. Leonard Petrucelli, Mayo Clinic

Mentor: Student Hosts

May 4, 2016
Dr. Thanos Siapas, Caltech--

Mentor: John Dani

May 11, 2016
Dr. Paul Phillips,
University of Washington

Mentor: Mariella De Biasi

Dopamine Signaling in the Nucleus Accumbens of Animals Self-Administering Drugs of Abuse

Hierarchical recruitment of phasic dopamine signaling in the striatum during the progression of cocaine use

Excessive cocaine use results from decreased phasic dopamine signaling in the striatum


May 18, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Gould,
Princeton University

Mentor: Student Hosts

Physical Exercise Prevents Stress-Induced Activation of Granule Neurons and Enhances Local Inhibitory Mechanisms in the Dentate Gyrus

Adult neurogenesis: a substrate for experience-dependent change

Physical Exercise Enhances Cognitive Flexibility as Well as Astrocytic and Synaptic Markers in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex


May 25, 2016
Dr. Bo Li,
Cold Spring Harbor Labs

Mentor: Joe Zhou

Lateral habenula as a source of negative reward signals in dopamine neurons.

The Globus Pallidus sends reward-related signals to the lateral habenula.

The habenula: from stress evasion to value-based decision-making.