Sensory & Neuroendocrine Physiology - Techniques

Electrophyisology

(incl. whole-cell, voltage-clamp, current-clamp, single-channel, perforated patch, loose-patch, cell-attached, field potential recordings);

 

Tissue preparation and tissue culture (acute slices of brain or olfactory tissue, dissociated neurons, explant cultures, organotypic slices, cell lines)

 

Live cell imaging (incl. confocal and two-photon imaging)

 

In vivo surgery models (incl. injections, lesions, transplants)

 

Sperm cryopreservation, In vitro fertilization

 

Behavioral assays (Morris Water Maze; resident-intruder assay, social defeat, Bruce effect, ....)

 

Histology (incl. immunohistochemistry, neuroanatomy)

 

Collaborative studies involving molecular biology (incl. in situ hybridization, gene analysis)




Physiology

The department of Physiology promotes the study of the molecular basis of cell function to the integrated behavior of the whole body. We also train the next generation of medical doctors and scientists by fostering excellence in teaching and research.

 

Neuroscience

Neuroscience encompasses the various scientific disciplines dealing with structure, development, function, chemistry, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system. Using the olfactory system as a model we investigate the molecular and cellular events mediating mammalian communication at the level of recognition and detection of specific signaling molecules to processing of these signals in the brain.