Lectures take place in Loeb G70N from 9 – 11 am EST.


From 2014-2018, NS&B faculty lectures were broadcast live then archived by year so you can enjoy them at anytime. All lectures will open in a new window. The 2014 lectures and some of the 2016 lectures were recorded with speaker-specific microphones; all of the rest, including the remaining 2016 lectures, were recorded will a global microphone that allows you to hear student questions.

Below is a list of lecture topics by module. 

The Leech Module 

  1. Membrane Potential and Passive Properties of Neurons (Part 1), Jim Angstadt 2015
  2. Membrane Potential and Passive Properties of Neurons (Part 2), Jim Angstadt 2015
  3. Voltage-Gated Ionic Currents Underlying Neuronal Electrical Activity (Part 1), Jim Angstadt 2017
  4. Voltage-Gated Ionic Currents Underlying Neuronal Electrical Activity (Part 2), Jim Angstadt 2017
  5. Central Pattern Generators,  Michael Wright 2018
  6. Synaptic Transmission, Brian Norris 2018
  7. Three ways to decide: Behavioral choices by the leech nervous system,  Bill Kristan 2017
  8. What leeches can teach us about neuroendocrine control, Kathy French 2016
  9. Development of the Leech , David Weisblat 2017
  10. Understanding the embryo of the leech Helobdella, a tractable spiralian, David Weisblat 2016
  11. Systems Neurophysiology vs. Neuroethology: Two approaches, Bill Kristan 2017
  12. Low Threshold Calcium Conductance as a Signal Amplifier, Lidia Szczupak 2015
  13. Studying The Neural Circuits That Generate Locomotion: One Crawl Step At A Time, Josh Puhl 2015
  14. Influence of Motor Neurons on Crawling in the Leech, Lidia Szczupak 2017
  15. You can’t keep a good leech down: Learning about the control of locomotion through recovery from CNS injury, Josh Puhl 2017
  16. The importance of neural modulation and context for behavioral selection, Karen Mesce 2014
  17. Leech reproduction: A tail of two circuits, Krista Todd 2018
  18. Sensory system evolution: Changing synaptic connections between P cells in leeches, Michael Baltzey 2018
  19. Hybrid systems: New insights and approaches, Michael Wright 2018
  20. Introduction to computational neuroscience, Ulises Ricoy 2019
  21. Low cost approaches to neuroscience, Ulises Ricoy 2019

The Stomatogastric Ganglion Module

  1. Introduction to the stomatogastric nervous system, Dawn Blitz 2018
  2. Neuromodulation, Carmen Wellmann 2018
  3. Neuromodulation of Neural Circuits, Dawn Blitz 2017
  4. Motor pattern specification: functional consequences, Wolfgang Stein 2016
  5. The Role of Axons in Neural Coding, Dirk Bucher 2017
  6. Circuit Dynamics, Farzan Nadim 2017
  7. Synaptic Dynamics, Farzan Nadim 2017
  8. Sensorimotor Integration, Wolfgang Stein 2015
  9. Variability and stability in the nervous system, Jorge Golowasch 2015
  10. The secret life of axons: neuromodulation of spike propagation, Dirk Bucher 2014
  11. Coordination of Neural Oscillators, Carmen Wellman 2018
  12. Principles of rhythmic circuits, Mark Beenhakker 2018
  13. Switching participation between networks, Dawn Blitz 2018
  14. Circuit mechanisms of sleep and epilepsy, Mark Beenhakker 2018

Electric Fish Module

  1. Introduction to weakly electric fish, Eric Fortune 2018
  2. Locomotor control, Eric Fortune 2018
  3. Neuromodulation of Sensory Processing, Maurice Chacron 2016
  4. Neural Coding: single neurons, Maurice Chacron 2016
  5. Introduction to the electrosensory system, Maurice Chacron 2017
  6. Neural coding I: General principles, Maurice Chacron 2015
  7. Neural coding II: Adaptation to natural stimulus statistics, Maurice Chacron 2015
  8. Neural coding III: Encoding envelopes, Maurice Chacron 2014
  9. Coding of natural electrocommunication stimuli, Gary Marsat 2015
  10. Control of locomotion and consequences of coding, Eric Fortune 2015
  11. Sensory coding of movement, Eric Fortune 2014
  12. Electroreceptors, An overview across species. Michael Metzen 2017
  13. Electrogeneration,  Michael Markham 2018
  14. Feedback and the brain in weakly electric fish, Eric Fortune 2017  
  15. Electroreception in the wild, Eric Fortune 2017
  16. Electrolocation: neural coding, Maurice Chacron 2018
  17. Modulation and evolution of electric signals, Michael Markham 2018
  18. Neuroendocrine regulation of electromotor pathways, Vielka Salazar 2019

C. elegans Module

  1. Introduction to genetic model organisms, Daniel Colón Ramos 2018
  2. Cell biology of neurodevelopment in C. elegansDaniel Colón Ramos 2017
  3. Genetic model organisms, Daniel Colón Ramos 2017
  4. Behavioral variability and chemosensation, Dirk Albrecht 2018
  5. C. elegans neuroethology of behavior, Mark Alkema 2018
  6. The Neuroethology of the C. elegans escape response, Mark Alkema 2015
  7. Optical reporters as tools to link genes to behavior,  Josh Hawk 2018
  8. Introduction C. elegansMark Alkema 2014
  9. C. elegans genetic screens, Mark Alkema 2014
  10. Reverse genetics in the worm nervous system, Andrea Calixto 2014
  11. Food, behavior and neural degeneration, Andrea Calixto 2014
  12. Quantitative analysis of behavior in C. elegansAndrew Leifer 2014
  13. The neuroethology of the C. elegans escape response, Mark Alkema 2014
  14. Decoding of motor systems, Mei Zhen 2018
  15. Can worms get headaches, Mark Alkema 2018
  16. Electron microscopy and connectomes Mei Zhen 2019

Hydra Module 

  1. The Brain Activity Map & Intro to Hydra, Rafael Yuste 2018
  2. Hydra principles, Rob Steele 2018
  3. Molecular methods in Hydra, Celina Juliano 2016
  4. Functional networks in Hydra,  Christophe Dupre 2016
  5. Hydra principles III, Rafe Yuste 2018
  6. Theory and modeling in Hydra Adrienne Fairhall 2019
  7. The immortal Hydra Daniel Martinez 2019

Hippocampus/Striatum Module

  1. Introduction to the hippocampus, Emma Wood  2016
  2. Hippocampal Circuits and Synaptic Plasticity, Juan-Marcos Alarcon 2016
  3. Neurological Disorders, Ros Langston 2017
  4. Hippocampal neural ensemble coding, Matt van der Meer 2017
  5. Animal models of mental illness, André Fenton  2017
  6. Synthesis and integration: Cognition-associated neural coordination and discoordination in Fragile X mutant mice, André Fenton 2016
  7. Inspirations from Jimi Hendrix: If Space was Time…Are You Experienced? André Fenton 2016
  8. Hippocampal Information Processing II, Matt van der Meer 2015
  9. If space was time: the dynamic micro-infrastructure of cognition, André Fenton 2017
  10. Introduction to hippocampus and Fragile X mouse, André Fenton  2014
  11. Introduction to learning and memory: the synaptic plasticity hypothesis, Juan-Marcos Alarcon 2014
  12. Hippocampal in vivo electrophysiology 1: the basics, Paul Dudchenko 2014
  13. Memory associated modulation of synaptic circuits, Juan-Marcos Alarcon 2014
  14. Linking the development of behavior and neuronal activity, Ros Langston 2014
  15. Place cells and behavior, Emma Wood 2014
  16. Striatum Physiology, Nic Tritsch and Matt van der Meer 2018
  17. Reinforcement learning and decision making, Matt van der Meer 2018
  18. How experience changes the hippocampal circuitry,  Andre Fenton 2018
  19. Twists in brain oscillations: rhythms that are not rhythmic, and spikes that are not coherent with LFP, Hyeyoung Shin 2018
  20. Dendritic integration and fragile X syndrome, Daniel Johnston 2018

Fly Flight Module 

  1. Using fly behavior to study a fundamental neural computation, Michael Reiser 2016
  2. Behavioral algorithms in insects & Drosophila as a model system for behavioral neuroscience,  Gaby Maimon & John Tuthill  2018
  3. Principles of visual processing in insects, Lisa Fenk 2017
  4. Structure and functions of eyes, visual ecology, and eye evolution, Jamie Theobald 2016
  5. Motor control in fly flight, Brad Dickerson 2017
  6. Studying higher brain functions in flies,  Gaby Maimon 2017
  7. Descending control of locomotion & principles of motor control,  Jan Ache and Thad Lindsay 2016
  8. Fly vision overview: How do flies see motion and respond to imminent collisions? Michael Reiser and Gwyneth Card 2015
  9. Using genetic tools to understand circuit computations I: Looming-evoked takeoff, Gwyneth Card 2015
  10. Using genetic tools to understand circuit computations II: Motion vision, Michael Reiser 2015
  11. Aerodynamics, motor control, and flight behaviors II, Michael Dickinson 2015
  12. Sensory processing in the fly olfactory system, Eyal Gruntman  2015
  13. Transformation of tactile signals in central circuits of Drosophila, John Tuthill 2015
  14. Fly motion vision as unifying theme for cycle, Michael Reiser  2014
  15. Introduction to modern fly genetic tools for circuit analysis, Michael Reiser 2014
  16. General principles of early sensory processing I, Bikas Bhandawat 2014
  17. General principles of early sensory processing II, Bikas Bhandawat 2014
  18. Survey of visual behaviors, algorithmic context, Gaby Maimon 2014
  19. Circuit mechanisms of fly visual behavior, Yvette Fisher 2018
  20. How the brain keeps track of the body: neural coding of limb proprioception, John Tuthill 2018
  21. A primer on Drosophila primary auditory neurons, Stephen Holtz 2018

Also, check out Michael Dickinson’s TED Talk: How a fly flies.

Somatosensory Module 

  1. Introduction to Somatosensation. Michael Brecht 2018 
  2. Active Dendritic Contributions to Sensorimotor Integration, Hillel Adesnik 2017
  3. Functional Microcircuitry of Somatosensation, Hillel Adesnik 2017
  4. Somatosensory diversity, Christopher Deister 2016
  5. Barrels: Bloody Coordinated Dynamics, Chris Moore 2018
  6. Social Touch, Michael Brecht 2016
  7. Socio-sexual touch in the somatosensory cortex. Michael Brecht & Ann Clemens 2017
  8. Pathways of the Somatosensory System,  Randy Bruno 2015
  9. Inhibitory Neuron Diversity and its Role in Sensory Processing, Chris Deister 2018
  10. Modulating the Many Circuits of Touch, Randy Bruno 2015
  11. Transformations underlying optimal dynamic neocortical representation, Chris Moore 2014
  12. Estrus-cycle regulation of cortical inhibition, Ann Clemens & Michael Brecht 2018
  13. Perceptual roles of cortical basal ganglia interactions, Chris Deister 2018
  14. Contributions of the cerebellum to associative learning. Dominique Pritchett 2019

Integrative Molecular Neuroethology Module

  1. Integrative Study of Neural Systems and Behavior, Hans Hofmann 2017
  2. Variability and compensation in neural networks: from gene expression to output, David Schulz 2016
  3. The link between activity and genome: Activity-dependent gene expression in neurons, David Schulz 2017
  4. Adding -omics to your research II: Next Generation Sequencing, Eva Fischer 2016
  5. Adding -omics to your research: overcoming design and analysis hurdles. Eva Fischer 2017
  6. Integrative approaches to mechanisms of parental care. Eva Fischer 2017
  7. Evolution of Neural Systems, Hans Hofmann 2017
  8. Evolution of the Social Brain,  Hans Hofmann 2014
  9.  Integrative Molecular Neuroethology, Hans Hofmann 2014
  10. Approaches to molecular neuroethology I, Suzy Renn 2014
  11. Evolution of neural systems, Hans Hofmann 2018