Molecular Neurobiology

Paul Heppenstall

Amount of frontal teaching:
15 hours



In the last 15 years, increasingly sophisticated molecular genetic tools have been developed which allow for accurate monitoring and perturbation of the nervous system. The Molecular Neurobiology course will give an introduction to these technologies, focusing on how they were discovered, how they work, and how to use them. The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Genome editing and CRISPR 
  • Controlling neuronal activity with optogenetics and chemogenetics
  • Monitoring neuronal activity with genetically encoded sensors and indicators
  • Gene delivery using viral vectors
  • Quantifying and regulating gene expression

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