RTG 2175 Perception in Context and its neural Basis

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TP Baier/Herz: Plasticity of place and space coding in the zebrafish brain

PhD student Ksenia Yashina:

"We aim at extending the investigation of spatial navigation to the zebrafish system, a powerful model system to study neural substrates of elementary cognitive abilities. Zebrafish provide easy microscopic access to the brain, have simpler brain structure than rodents and yet possess a broad repertoire of robust spatial behaviors. We therefore hope to find conserved biological principles for the accumulation, integration and storage of sensory information used for navigation.

  • In the first part of the project we are establishing a novel experimental paradigm for studying navigational behavior in zebrafish.
  • In the second part of the project we aim at studying cellular basis of navigational behavior using two-photon microscopy."