The title of my talk: Deconstruction of hypothalamic neuron ensemble dynamics with combinatorial molecular identity
Bio. Dr. Scott Sternson is a Group Leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Virginia. His research combines chemical, optical, and genetic tools to remotely control and monitor electrical activity in small neuron populations in the mouse brain in order to probe their influence on complex behaviors related to hunger. His lab also developed chemical and genetic tools for cell type-specific manipulation of neuron activity that can be used for both research and as neurological therapies. Dr. Sternson received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University. Subsequently, he was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology and molecular genetics at Rockefeller University. He has been honored with the Helmholtz Foundation Young Investigator in Diabetes Award (2013), the Linda and Jack Gill Transformative Investigator Award (2014), the Denis McGarry Lectureship (2017), and the Philip Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits at MIT (2018).