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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Delineating Mouse Visual System Functional Connectivity with Microstimulation
Disciplines:  Neuroscience, Computation and Neural Systems
Mentor:  Doris Tsao, Professor, (BBE),, Phone: -
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Francisco Luongo,
Background:  As we move about the world, our visual perception does not reflect images and their statistics but rather we experience visual objects and the properties. We are interested in understanding the neural circuits of the brain that give rise to this perceptual process. We are currently working on establishing assays in mice that will test their ability to discriminate visual objects and we hope to use the molecular and genetic tools available in the mouse to understand the neural circuits that give rise to this ability. While the primary and higher order visual areas of the mouse have been delineated (Marshel et al. 2011, Garrett et al. 2014, Zhuang et al. 2017), the hierarchy and flow of information within and between these visual areas remains to be characterized. Establishing this information will further the goal of understanding how these many higher order areas in the mouse visual system relate to specific visual areas in higher mammals such as primates and humans.
Description:  For this project, we would like a candidate to combine a new imaging approach wherein we can image neural activity from all of the mouse visual areas simultaneously (Wekselblatt et al. 2016) while electrically stimulating specific parts of primary and higher order visual areas to assess connectivity between these areas in a manner similar to previous primate studies (Tolias et al. 2005). The ideal candidate should be willing to work with laboratory animals, perform surgeries, and analyze data. Programming experience while not required, would be a great benefit to any candidate. Experience with arduinos or other microcontrollers would also be beneficial.
Student Requirements:  Must:
Ability to work with laboratory animals

Programming experience (MATLAB/PYTHON preferred), experience with arduinos/microcontrollers a plus, general knowledge about electrical circuits also a plus...
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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