Vicky Salazar: Sabbatical Talk

Thursday, November 2 |12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m | CS 101

“Advances on the study of electric signal plasticity: the role of risky experiences, and the study of gene-level regulation.”

For my 2016-2017 sabbatical, I pursued two major objectives: 1) determining the effect of predation attempts on brain plasticity in electric fish, and 2) developing a functional-genomics toolkit to study gene-level regulation of electric signals. In this presentation, I will summarize the results of the effects of lab-based predation simulations on forebrain cell proliferation and plasma cortisol levels in two species of electric fish. I will also present preliminary results on the development in electric fish of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing and nanopore sequencing techniques, two cutting-edge methodological approaches that have truly revolutionized the study of cellular mechanisms underlying behavioural plasticity.