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STED: Small Scale, Big Breakthroughs

STED: Small Scale, Big Breakthroughs

November 29, 2017

By Corey Moran Watching Dr. Christian Wurm boot up the Imspector software for the very first time filled me with a mixture of fascination and trepidation. At first glance, Abberior’s software interface for the STED microscope is reminiscent of a pilot’s cockpit; blinking lights, snippets of recognizable phrases, and a... READ MORE

Seeing Through the Lens of STED Microscopy:  A Brilliant Nanoscopic World Revealed

Seeing Through the Lens of STED Microscopy: A Brilliant Nanoscopic World Revealed

November 22, 2017

By Corey Moran If you have particularly poor eyesight like me, you’ll be able to relate to the feeling of uncertainty that comes with removing a pair of glasses or contacts. Your once sharp and crystal clear surroundings take on a formless, fuzzy appearance. Each object in view, from the... READ MORE

Unlocking the brain key to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease | OpEd

Unlocking the brain key to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease | OpEd

November 20, 2017

With nearly 50 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, it is more important than ever that we find new treatments and hopefully a cure for this devastating illness. With that goal in mind, nearly 2,000 clinical trials related to Alzheimer’s disease have been registered on clinicaltrials.gov, yet there are... READ MORE

MPFI Postdoctoral Researcher Takayasu Mikuni receives $520,000 PRESTO grant to develop highly sensitive technique for protein visualization

MPFI Postdoctoral Researcher Takayasu Mikuni receives $520,000 PRESTO grant to develop highly sensitive technique for protein visualization

September 16, 2016

By Megan Pino Takayasu Mikuni, M.D., Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Researcher in Scientific Director Ryohei Yasuda’s lab at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), has been awarded the prestigious Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO, “Sakigake” in Japanese) grant by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).... READ MORE

Optical sensors provide the tools necessary to probe neuroplasticity at the single-spine level

Optical sensors provide the tools necessary to probe neuroplasticity at the single-spine level

July 15, 2016

By Megan Pino, Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow Lesley Colgan, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab of Scientific Director Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D. Her research focuses on neuroplasticity – the ability to strengthen or weaken synapses. Since joining the lab in 2012, Colgan has developed a series of optical sensors for... READ MORE

Insight Must Precede Application: The Importance of Basic Research

Insight Must Precede Application: The Importance of Basic Research

May 31, 2016

By Emma Yasinski In 1976, Julius H. Comroe, Jr., formerly of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, and R.D. Dripps, then professor of anesthesia and vice president for health affairs at the University of Pennsylvania, set out to identify the sources of the most important... READ MORE

Postdoc explores animal behavior with hopes of understanding the role of learning in vision

Postdoc explores animal behavior with hopes of understanding the role of learning in vision

May 20, 2016

By Megan Pino, Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow Joseph Schumacher, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Fitzpatrick Lab at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), has been investigating how learning impacts the coding structure of visual cortical circuits. “Ever since I was in grad school, I’ve been very interested in what we... READ MORE

Ye Sun, Ph.D. Student, combines two cutting-edge techniques in ambitious graduate research project

Ye Sun, Ph.D. Student, combines two cutting-edge techniques in ambitious graduate research project

March 4, 2016

“There was a very popular saying in China when I was in high school: The 21st century is the century of biology,” said Ye Sun, a graduate student in the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBAN) program. She quickly... READ MORE

Max Planck Neuroscientists Bring Expertise to Latin American Training Program

Max Planck Neuroscientists Bring Expertise to Latin American Training Program

November 5, 2015

Two Max Planck neuroscientists recently participated in the Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN) Latin American Training Program (LATP) – a unique educational opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean students to learn from some of the best and brightest neuroscientists across the globe. Dr. James Schummers, a research group leader at the... READ MORE

Employee Spotlight: James Conway, Environmental Health and Safety Technician

Employee Spotlight: James Conway, Environmental Health and Safety Technician

October 31, 2015

How would you describe your job? My job is to facilitate the scientists’ work in several ways. I manage disposal of chemicals and bio hazardous materials and maintain a constant supply of clean, sterile glassware – a little piece of dust can compromise an entire imaging experiment. I also contribute... READ MORE