"To Sleep or Not to Sleep: Optogenetics of Arousal"

Prof. Luis de Lecea
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
610 Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
Research Group Seminar
Our lab studies how brain circuitry controls both sleep and wakefulness in rodent model systems. We are particularly interested in dissecting the role of the hypothalamic circuits in promoting generalized brain arousal. Our work is relevant to understanding common disorders such as narcolepsy and insomnia. Our lab uses innovative approaches such as in vivo optogenetics to examine the exact genetic nature of cells circuits and their roles in shaping behavior.
Prof. John Peever (CSB)
Prof. Richard Horner (Neuroscience)
Joint Cell & Systems Biology and Neuroscience