Northwestern University Dept. of Neurobiology and Physiology
 
 

 

Faculty

Ravi Allada
Thomas Bozza
Jianhua Cang
Daniel Dombeck
Marco Gallio
William Klein
Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy
Robert Linsenmeier
David McLean
Thomas Meade
Indira M. Raman
Mark Segraves
Fred Turek
Catherine Woolley
 
 


 

Daniel Dombeck

Assistant Professor
PhD, Cornell University

Daniel Dombeck

Optical dissection of the neuronal circuits underlying mammalian navigation

The neuronal activity underlying mammalian spatial navigation represents one of the most striking examples of behavioral correlation in the brain. We are interested in the cellular and circuit mechanisms responsible for the neuronal activity that allows mammals to navigate and find their way to specific destinations. To accomplish this, we develop and apply novel optical and genetic techniques to perform cellular and subcellular resolution imaging and manipulation of neuronal population activity in mice navigating in virtual reality environments. By understanding the navigation circuitry, we hope to extract general principles about neuronal population dynamics in behaving mammals.