High Energy Physics Seminars

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
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"Mechanisms of Adult Neurogenesis in the Avian Song Circuit"

Prof. Tracy Larson , University of Virginia - Biology Department
[Host: Chris Neu]

The Larson lab works to uncover the origin, function, and mechanisms underlying natural variation in the spatial and temporal patterns of adult neurogenesis, or birth of new neurons in the adult brain. We utilize the unique relationship between neuronal birth and death in the adult male songbird brain and the ability of the songbird to sing high quality, ‘attractive’ song to explore questions like: What are the mechanisms that promote regeneration of the adult brain? Can mechanisms that are robust in songbirds be exploited to encourage the addition of new functional neurons in the poorly regenerating mammalian brain? What cellular mechanisms modulate adult neurogenesis and how have they evolved? To accomplish our research aims, we combine several approaches including behavioral genomics, comparative neuroanatomy, cellular and molecular biology, and electrophysiology with mechanistic studies. 


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