Brain connectomics

Project Description : 

We are reconstructing entire brains from serial sectioned electron micrographs. In this way, we can find not only every neuron, but every synapse each neuron makes. We are doing this with simple brains from nudibranch molluscs, which have only 10,000 neurons. That's still a very large number. We are using semi-automated techniques to "segment" neurons and find their connections, but the software still needs humans to guide it. We are looking for students to run this software and trace out neurons from the electron micrographs. You will be part of a fun and active lab with other projects going on. There are weekly lab meetings for the whole lab and biweekly meetings about your project.

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Name of Lab: 

The Katz Lab

Contact Person: 

Paul Katz

Contact E-mail: 

pkatz@umass.edu

Lab website: 

http://tinyurl.com/katzlab