Biology Seminar, May 14, 11:30am

Charlotte D'Hulst, PhD (Hunter College, MouseSensor, Inc.)

Making the leap from academia to industry: the story of how MouseSensor, Inc., a Hunter startup, wants to digitize the sense of smell. 

11:30am, 436 Hunter North

Undergraduate Research Conference, Wed-Thu April 25 & 26

On Wednesday 4/25 Susan and Rebecca will be showing some exciting new work about connectivity and function of the prefrontal cortex - basal forebrain circuit. 

On Thursday 4/26 Itzik will give a talk about our  translational work on improving safety training as a tool to alleviate major symptoms of anxiety disorders. 

Hunter West Building

Rebecca explains the gist of her project in her latest meme  

Seminar, April 19, 8pm

Harvey Society Lecture

Kevin J. Tracey, M.D. (Feinstein Institute for Medical Research)

Eavesdropping on conversations between the brain and the immune system

Rockefeller Institute (Caspary Hall), York Ave & 66th Street

Seminar April 11 - Shona Chattarji

Shona Chattarji, PhD (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India)

Synaptic plasticity in the amygdala: implications for stress and developmental disorders.

Room: 611HN, 12-1pm

New PAPER: Mixed selectivity encoding and action selection in the prefrontal cortex during threat assessment

Grunfeld I.S., Likhtik E. (2018) Mixed selectivity encoding and action selection in the prefrontal cortex during threat assessment. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 49:108-115. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.01.008

The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) regulates expression of emotional behavior. The mPFC combines multivariate information from its inputs, and depending on the imminence of threat, activates downstream networks that either increase or decrease the expression of anxiety-related motor behavior and autonomic activation. Here, we selectively highlight how subcortical input to the mPFC from two example structures, the amygdala and ventral hippocampus, help shape mixed selectivity encoding and action selection during emotional processing. We outline a model where prefrontal subregions modulate behavior along orthogonal motor dimensions, and exhibit connectivity that selects for expression of one behavioral strategy while inhibiting the other..