Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.


Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains.




SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.


VanBlargan, Laura (2010).   Effect of gentamicin on auditory hair cells of goldfish (Carassius auratus) over time.  Mentor: Dr. John Ramcharitar


Aminoglycoside antibiotics have similar ototoxic effects on the hair cells of humans as they do on other vertebrates, including fish, and can result in hearing loss. Fish have the ability to regenerate damaged hair cells, whereas human hair cell death results in permanent hair loss. In order to investigate the regeneration of auditory hair cells after gentamicin injection, I injected goldfish (Carassius auratus) with gentamicin and determined hair cell densities in the saccule over a three week period. The gentamicin had no significant effect on the hair cell densities at any time. Investigating different dosages and injection methods could establish better methods for using goldfish as a model for ototoxicity studies.