Speakers on January 27


Julio Perez

Title: "A journey through the inner workings of a neuron"

Julio Perez did his PhD in Biochemistry at Harvard University in the United States. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Erin Schuman at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, where he studies the molecular organization and regulation of individual neurons.

The brain is composed of billions of neurons that are characterized by their beautiful tree-like morphology. But why do neurons exhibit such complex structures? What goes on inside these cells and are all neurons structured and regulated similarly? I will discuss our current knowledge about these topics and the work we are doing to further our understanding.

 


Lorenz Fenk

Title: "On the brain of sleeping dragons"

Lorenz studied Evolutionary Anthropology in Vienna before undertaking a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, exploring genetic and neural underpinnings of chemosensation in the nematode worm C. elegans. In 2017 he joined the Laurent lab at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, where he currently pursues his broad interests in neural network dynamics, behaviour, and evolution.

He is looking forward to talk about how the study of sleep and associated brain rhythms in reptiles has helped shed light on the evolution and function of an enigmatic brain region, called the claustrum.

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