22 Oct 2020 - 15:30

Lisa Giocomo

Multiple maps for navigation
Location: Online (webinar)
Host: Cindy Poo

Lisa Giocomo

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Title: Multiple maps for navigation

Affiliation: Stanford University

Abstract:

Over the last several decades, the tractable response properties of parahippocampal neurons have provided a new access key to understanding the cognitive process of self-localization: the ability to know where you are currently located in space. Defined by functionally discrete response properties, neurons in the medial entorhinal cortex and hippocampus are proposed to provide the basis for an internal neural map of space, which enables animals to perform path-integration based spatial navigation and supports the formation of spatial memories. My lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms that generate this neural map of space and how this map is used to support behavior. In this talk, I’ll discuss how learning and experience shapes our internal neural maps of space to guide behavior.

Lisa Giocomo

Bio: Academic Appointments: Associate Professor, Neurobiology; Member, Bio-X; Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.
Honors & Awards: Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (2018); Young Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience (2018); James S McDonnell Foundation Scholar, James S McDonnell Foundation Scholar (2016 – 2022); Robertson Neuroscience Investigator – New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York Stem Cell Foundation (2015-2019); Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences, Klingenstein-Simons Foundation (2014-2017); Sloan Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2013-2015); Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, The Gruber Foundation (2012).
Professional Education: BA, Baylor University, Psychology (2002); PhD, Boston University, Neuroscience (2008).

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