My project uses experimental techniques to investigate the connectivity of presubiculum and layer 2 of the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC). In both of these regions place cells have been identified, but it is not clear what is the realtionship between the two populations. Its is possible that they develop independently from each other or that one inherits its spatial firing pattern from the other population. I will use optogenetic techniques and patch clamp recordings to gain a better understanding of the origioin of place cells in these regions.
I am also the member of the OpenWorm project that aims to create a virtual C. Elegans. Further information: http://www.openworm.org/