Science Meets Music: “Tagging and Controlling Active Neurons”

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Benjamin Hall, The Benjamin Upper School
Hyungbae Kwon, Ph.D.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
(561) 972-9000

Event Information

2019 March SMM

“Tagging and Controlling Active Neurons”

Speaker: Hyungbae Kwon, Ph.D., Research Group Leader, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Understanding how animals behave, perceive, and learn is a core question in neuroscience. However, identifying neural correlates of these behaviors has been challenging because of its complexity and the limited availability of tools that show direct causality. We developed novel techniques that can mark neuronal population that are active only when animals sense, perceive, or behave. Once we label those neurons, we can also control activity of the labeled neurons such that we can control animal’s behaviors and feelings. With the help of these techniques, it becomes possible to think about creating artificial memory or controlling emotions.

Hyungbae Kwon has been a research group leader at MPFI since 2012.

Seoyoung Kwon, Violin

Carina Inoue, Piano