Jerzy Olszewski Lecture : Wiring Specificity of Neural Circuits (in-person and virtual)


Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA


This lecture was established in 1986 to recognize the significant work of Dr. Jerzy Olszewski.

Speaker: Liqun Luo, PhD

Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University & Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA.

Abstract: Developing brains utilize a limited number of molecules to specify the 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.

Registration is available here.

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Bio: Dr. Luo grew up in Shanghai, China, and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. After obtaining a Ph.D. at Brandeis University and postdoctoral training at UCSF, Dr. Luo started his own lab in the Department of Biology, Stanford University in 1996. His lab studies how neural circuits are organized to perform specific functions, and how they are assembled during development. Dr. Luo is the Ann and Bill Swindells Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Biology, and Professor of Neurobiology by courtesy at Stanford University, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He teaches neurobiology to Stanford undergraduate and graduate students. His single-author textbook “Principles of Neurobiology” (1st edition 2015; 2nd edition 2020) is widely used for undergraduate and graduate courses across the world. Dr. Luo is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Contact Information

Sasha Kelly
Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
sasha.kelly [at]

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