Unraveling the Dynamic Activation Mechanisms of Mammalian G Protein-Coupled Odorant Receptors & Characterizing Viral Vectors for Optogenetics and Anatomical Studies in Non-Human Primate Research
Claire is postdoc in the Matsunami lab. Her research is focused on the description of olfaction process at the atomic level. She builds a virtual olfactory system by means of computational and microbiology approaches in order to simulate the neuronal mechanism of the perception of smell.
Martin is a postdoc in the Sommer lab. He is currently working on discovering which viral vectors are best suited for transduction of exogenous genes into select neuronal populations. His goal is to use optogenetics to control the activity of desired neuronal populations in awake and behaving non-human primates in order to understand how the brain controls the movements of the eyes. Additionally, He hopes that this viral work, in this animal model will lead to better therapeutic tools clinically for treating neuropsychiatric and neuromuscular disorders.