This lecture is focused on functional neuroanatomy in honor of Dr. Olszewski, who was an anatomist and neuropathologist interested in the functional implications of structure and who published several important brain atlases.
Speaker: Dr. Liqun Luo, PhD
Ann & Bill Swindells Professor
Professor, Department of Biology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Developing brains utilize a limited number of molecules to specify connection specificity of a much larger number of neurons and synapses. How is this feat achieved? In this talk, I will first discuss our work using the Drosophila olfactory circuit as a model to address this question. I will then discuss analogous functions of some of the wiring molecules we identified in the fly olfactory circuits also in determining wiring specificity of complex circuits in the mammalian brain, focusing on the hippocampal network.