CBE/ENGR 225 Faculty Seminar: Asst Prof Michael Jacobs Goard, Dept of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology & Dept of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4pm in ESB, Room #2001

Michael Jacobs Goard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

University of California, Santa Barbara


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

4:00 pm

ESB, Room #2001

*Cookies and Coffee will be provided*

Optical Interrogation of Neural Circuits

Underlying Cognitive Behaviors in Mice 


Recent developments in mouse physiology and optogenetics have enabled the study of cortical microcircuits underlying simple neural computations. Combining these approaches with behavioral paradigms originally developed for primates promises to enable circuit-level investigation of cognitive processes in mice. In this talk, I will describe ongoing efforts to use 2-photon calcium imaging and optogenetic perturbation during performance of a memory-guided visual discrimination task to better understand the cortical basis of information processing and storage in distributed neocortical regions.