Genes, Development And Behavior
Department of Translational Neuroscience
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Student Projects

Neural circuit plasticity in reward circuits

Aim: Determine synaptic plasticity in reward circuits as a consequence of salient events
Experimental work: patch clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics


Neural circuit functionality during reward seeking behavior

Aim: Determine activity of neuronal populations within neural circuits during reward seeking behavior Experimental work: fiber photometry, chemogenetics

Functional mapping of neural circuit connectivity

Aim: Unravel the identity of specific pathways in the brain involved in the encoding of rewarding and aversive information
Experimental work: patch clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, neural tracing tools, microscopy