This video shows examples of optogenetic activation of different sensory neuron subtypes and the behaviors that result from neuronal activation in fruit fly larvae. This method is one that students will be trained in during the course. Optogenetics is a technique that allows researchers to specifically activate different classes of neurons with blue light – activation of different neuron subtypes leads to different behavioral outcomes. This method allows researchers to map functional requirements of neurons and neural circuits in mediating behavior and is a powerful tool for dissecting neural function.
Follow this Vimeo link for snapshots of Neuroscience Boot Camp and Advanced Topics in Neuroscience from Summer 2017 – NeuroSchool 2017.