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Dr Tiago Branco
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
The brain processes and responds to information from the outside world using neurons - cells that are wired up in a network like a computer. Neurons receive input on so-called dendrites - long extensions resembling tree branches - which have properties that allow them to transform information before it reaches the output end of the neuron. Understanding how the brain processes information requires knowing how individual neurons and dendrites integrate input. In the primitive brain areas that con trol instinctive behaviours, neurons have a small number of dendrites, which simplifies the goal of fully understanding how each neuron processes information. In this project I aim to find out how the dendrites of primitive neurons integrate input. I will work on a mouse brain circuit involved in aggression, and begin by examining the integration properties of dendrites. I will then investigate how specific brain areas are connected to these dendrites and study how they processes information a rriving from each area.
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