2021-2022 INSPIRE speaker series

zebrafish nervous system labeled in yellow, green, magenta, and blue

INSPIRE is a prestigious seminar series sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine, devoted to advancing research excellence in the early stages of a scientist’s career.

October 19, 2021

Shijia Liu
Integrative control of breathing and pain by parabrachial opioidergic circuits

Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego
Graduate advisor: Sung Han, PhD, Salk Institute

Hosted by: Martha Bagnall, PhD
November 30, 2021

Bruno Gegenhuber
Epigenetic regulation of brain masculinization by estrogen receptor alpha

School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Graduate advisor: Jessica Tollkuhn, PhD

Hosted by: Harrison Gabel, PhD
December 14, 2021

Barbara Peysakhovich
Abstract cognitive encoding in the primate superior colliculus

Computational Neuroscience, The University of Chicago
Graduate advisor: David Freedman, PhD

Hosted by: Larry Snyder, MD, PhD
March 29, 2022

Zuzanna Balewski
Fast decision representation in caudate nucleus during value-based choices

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Graduate advisor: Joni Wallis, PhD

Hosted by: Camillo Padoa-Schioppa, PhD
April 26, 2022

Christabel (Bel) Tan
Autism-linked δ-catenin is required for astrocyte maturation and survival

Cell Biology, Duke University
Graduate advisor: Cagla Eroglu, PhD

Hosted by: Jason Yi, PhD
May 31, 2022

Ling-Qi Zhang
Sensory representation optimized for visual priors

Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Graduate advisors: Alan Stocker, PhD, David Brainard, PhD

Hosted by: Gaia Tavoni, PhD
June 21, 2022

Sheng Gong
Cocaine shifts dopamine D2-receptor sensitivity to gate conditioned behaviors

Physiology & Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University
Graduate advisor: Christopher P. Ford, PhD

Hosted by: Thomas Papouin, PhD
November 29, 2022

Chunyang (Jason) Dong
Monitoring neuromodulator activity and neuropharmacology with engineered genetically encoded biosensors

University of California, Davis
Graduate advisor: Lin Tian, PhD

Hosted by: Yao Chen, PhD