Functional analysis of the zebrafish visual system


Martin Meyer

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How is information about the visual scene represented in the brain and how is this information used to drive behaviour? What are the genetic and activity-dependent mechanisms that drive assembly of functional neural circuits? To address these questions we are using zebrafish as a model organism. The brain of larval zebrafish is small, containing less than 100,000 neurons, but nevertheless supports a rich repertoire of visually-driven behaviours. Furthermore, because larvae are translucent the entire volume of the brain can be imaged non-invasively and with single-neuron resolution. We use in vivo imaging to study the structure and function of the brain at multiple spatial scales- from individual neurons to the entire brain with the aim of addressing the following questions:

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Martin Meyer New Wellcome Investigator Award

12/01/17
The funding will support research on visual encoding by neuronal populations.