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Preprint: Cerebellar neurodynamics during motor planning predict decision timing and outcome on single-trial level

Preprint: Cerebellar neurodynamics during motor planning predict decision timing and outcome on single-trial level

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We have uploaded a new manuscript entitled "Cerebellar neurodynamics during motor planning predict decision timing and outcome on single-trial level" to the bioRxiv preprint server:The neuronal basis of goal-directed behavior requires interaction of multiple separated brain regions. How subcortical regions and their interactions with brain-wide activity are involved in action selection is less understood. We have investigated this question by developing an assay based on whole-brain volumetric calcium imaging using light-field microscopy combined with an operant-conditioning task in larval zebrafish. We find global and recurring dynamics of brain states to exhibit pre-motor bifurcations towards mutually exclusive decision outcomes which arises from a spatially distributed network. Within this network the cerebellum shows a particularly strong pre-motor activity, predictive of both the timing and outcome of behavior up to ~10 seconds before…
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“HyMS  microscopy” published in Cell

“HyMS microscopy” published in Cell

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Our paper entitled “Volumetric Ca2+ Imaging in the Mouse Brain using Hybrid Multiplexed Sculpted Light (HyMS) Microscopy” has been published in Cell. We have developed a modular platform named Hybrid Multiplexed Sculpted Light (HyMS) microscopy featuring a systems-wide design paradigm that maximizes the acquisition volume size and speed while maintaining fidelity for obtaining single neuron activity traces. Our modular design utilizes a hybrid two- and three-photon acquisition and allows for volumetric recording of neuroactivity at single-cell resolution within up to 1 × 1 × 1.22 mm volumes at up to 17 Hz in awake behaving mice. We establish the capabilities and potential of the different configurations of HyMS microscopy at depth and across brain regions by applying it to in-vivo recording of up to 12,000 neurons in mouse auditory cortex,…
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Solar eclipse in NY

Solar eclipse in NY

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We were watching the solar eclipse in the United States together with the lab. Here are some pictures of us using a telescope and one of the most important tools in an optics (more…)
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New publication in Cell

New publication in Cell

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Our paper entitled "A force-induced directional switch of a molecular motor enables parallel microtubule bundle formation" by Maxim I. Molodtsov et al. has been published in Cell. Microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs) nucleate microtubules that can grow autonomously in any direction. To generate bundles of parallel microtubules originating from a single MTOC, the growth of multiple microtubules needs to coordinated, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. Here, we show that a conserved two-component system consisting of the plus-endtracker EB1 and the minus-end-directed molecular motor Kinesin-14 is sufficient to promote parallel microtubule growth. The underlying mechanism relies on the ability of Kinesin-14 to guide growing plus ends along existing microtubules. The generality of this finding is supported by yeast, Drosophila, and human EB1/Kinesin-14 pairs. We demonstrate that plus-end guiding involves a directional switch…
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