Yang Dan

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Institute:
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Website:
http://mcb.berkeley.edu/faculty/NEU/dany.html

Session:
Sensory and Motor Systems

Title of the talk:
Neural circuits of sleep control.

Research

Using a combination of electrophysiology, imaging, and optogenetic methods, Dr. Yang Dan’s group aims to understand the microcircuits underlying cortical computation, cellular mechanisms for functional plasticity, and neuromodulation of sensory processing. One of her recent interests is to understand the subcortical neural circuits controlling sleep. By targeting genetically defined cell types for monitoring and manipulation, the goal of her team is to identify key neuronal circuits for the generation of both REM and non-REM sleep. Another interest of her lab is to understand the frontal cortical mechanisms for top-down control of goal-directed behavior.

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