Optical trapping in zebrafish for Neuroscience


Dr Itia Favre-Bulle, The University of Queensland
This colloquium will be held at 11 am, 7th September, in Prentice (42)-115

Optical trapping is nowadays widely used in biology enabling a better understanding of complex biological processes and systems. The vestibular system in zebrafish, which processes information on sound, motion, and spatial orientation, is crucial to the survival of the organism. However, its information processing has not been studied much due to the difficulty of coupling acceleration and brain imaging within an animal. In this talk, I will present how I used optical micromanipulation to simulate acceleration and sound, and how we simultaneously image the whole brain activity.