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In Fall 2018, Neuro JC is moving to Mondays, 12:00 - 12:50 (Gzang 124) (We will start at 12 noon sharp!)

Neuro Journal Club is our program's weekly meeting where 2 presenters each lead 25 minute presentations on recent papers in neuroscience (rule of thumb: within the last year). Grad students in year 3 and above and all postdocs are in the "presentation pool", and occasionally we will have faculty presenters. Members of the audience (students, postdocs, faculty) are encouraged to ask questions or make comments to promote debate and discussion of the results and their significance. All students, postdocs, and faculty in neuroscience at Brandeis are expected to attend the journal club, and graduate students enroll in the meeting as a class.

Presenters: 2 weeks before your talk, select a paper (tips), either on your own or from the suggestion box. Add it to this schedule by clicking the Edit button. Prepare your talk (tips). Arrive a little early to 1) borrow the laser pointer from the Bio Office, and 2) set up your laptop in the room.

Audience: Add papers to the suggestion box.

Everyone: Come to Journal Club on the dates below!

Note: Please arrange to trade dates with other presenters to resolve any schedule conflicts (please get his/her permission and edit the page). As you trade, try to avoid (if you can) people from the same lab presenting on the same day. Also, we will likely have some outside speakers who will use the Journal Club time slot; presenters scheduled for that day get a free pass (there's no rescheduling). We will try to schedule any such talks with reasonable notice.

If anyone is looking for last year's schedule (to see what might have been presented), check out, Neuro JC 2017-2018Neuro JC 2016-2017, etc.

Alternates: You will be scheduled to speak if anyone on the main list moves on from Brandeis during the year, or takes parental leave (or other similar reason). You'll have at least 2 months notice. Alternates for 2018-2019 are: 

Willem Laursen (Garrity), Nick Trojanowski (Turrigiano), Zhiqiang Meng (Katz), Erin Amelia Clark (Nelson), Chi-Hong Wu (Turrigiano), Vernon Clarke (Lisman), Cong Zhang (Lisman), Nannan Chen (Griffith), Leandro  Alonso (Marder), Ekaterina Morozova (Marder), Bolun Chen (Miller), Emma Myers (Nelson), Vivekanand Vimal (Dizio). 

FALL 2018
* indicates Neuro Faculty meeting

DateSpeakerPaper (title, journal, year, volume/pages, authors)SpeakerPaper (title, journal, year, volume/pages, authors)


(Thursday, but Brandeis Monday)

Kassandra Ori-McKenney
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California, Davis
"Microtubule Cartography: The Role of Microtubule-Associated Proteins in Directing Neuronal Transport"



Michael Hobin (Griffith)

Drosophila species learn dialects through communal living
Kacsoh, Balint Z., Julianna Bozler, and Giovanni Bosco. 
 PLoS genetics July, 2018

Vera Valakh (Nelson)

Progenitor Hyperpolarization Regulates the Sequential Generation of Neuronal Subtypes in the Developing Neocortex.  Ilaria Vitali, Sabine Fievre ... Denis Jabaudon Cell July 2018


(Tuesday, but Brandeis Monday)

Joseph Ransdell
Washington University, St. Louis
(Postdoc Invited Speaker)

"Voltage-gated Sodium Channel Accessory Proteins Fine Tune Purkinje Neuron Excitability and Cerebellar Function"

10/8/18Shen Wang (Van Hooser)

Cortical direction selectivity emerges at convergence of thalamic synapses

Lien, Anthony D ; Scanziani, Massimo
Nature, June 2018, Vol.558(7708), pp.80-86

Yunpeng Zhang (Griffith)

The thirsty fly: Ion transport peptide (ITP) is a novel endocrine regulator of water homeostasis in Drosophila
Martina Gáliková , Heinrich Dircksen, Dick R. Nässel PLoS genetics August 23, 2018

10/15/18*Chang Liu (Griffith)
Evolution of a central neural circuit underlies Drosophila mate preferences 
laura F. Seeholzer, Max Seppo, David l. Stern & Vanessa Ruta
Nature, July 2018, Vol.559, pp. 564-569

Sarah Richards (Van Hooser)

Ellwardt, E., et al., Maladaptive cortical hyperactivity upon recovery from experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Nature Neuroscience, September 2018. 21(10): p. 1392-1403

10/22/18Raul Ramos (Turrigiano)

Cellular tagging as a neural network mechanism for behavioural tagging
Masanori Nomoto, Noriaki Ohkawa, Hirofumi Nishizono, Jun Yokose, Akinobu Suzuki, Mina Matsuo, Shuhei Tsujimura, Yukari Takahashi, Masashi Nagase, Ayako M. Watabe, Fusao Kato & Kaoru Inokuchi
Nature Communications volume 7, Article number: 12319 (2016) |

Johanna Adams (Griffith)

Integration of Parallel Opposing Memories Underlies Memory Extinction.

Johannes Felsenberg, Pedro F. Jacob, Thomas Walker, ..., Gregory S.X.E. Jefferis, Davi D. Bock, Scott Waddell. Cell Sept. 2018

10/29/18Sonal Kedia (Marder)


Zebrafish Differentially Process Color across Visual Space to Match Natural Scenes

Maxime J.Y. Zimmermann, Noora E. Nevala, Takeshi Yoshimatsu, Daniel Osorio, Dan-Eric Nilsson, Philipp Berens, Tom Baden

Current Biology 28, 2018–2032 July 9, 2018

Lauren Tereshko (Sengupta)

Subcellular localization of MC4R with ADCY3 at neuronal primary cilia underlies a common pathway for genetic predisposition to obesity

Siljee JE1Wang Y1Bernard AA1Ersoy BA1,2Zhang S1Marley A3Von Zastrow M3Reiter JF4Vaisse C5.
Nature Geneticsvolume 50pages180185 (2018


SfN Annual meeting -- no Journal Club


Yishi Jin (UC San Diego; host: Piali Sengupta)

"Mechanisms of synapse maintenance and axon regeneration"


Justin Shin (Jadhav)

A mesocortical dopamine circuit enables the cultural transmission of vocal behaviour

Masashi Tanaka, Fangmiao Sun, Yulong Li & Richard Mooney

Daniel Powell


Distinct co-modulation rules of synapses and voltage-gated currents coordinate interactions of multiple neuromodulators

Xinping Li, Dirk Bucher, and Farzan Nadim. (2018) J. Neurosci. 38(40):8549-8562


Alejandro Torrado Pacheco (Turrigiano)

Nucleus Accumbens Subnuclei Regulate Motivated Behavior via Direct Inhibition and Disinhibition of VTA Dopamine Subpopulations

Yang, Hongbin, Johannes W. de Jong, YeEun Tak, James Peck, Helen S. Bateup, and Stephan Lammel. Neuron 97, no. 2 (2018): 434-449.

Dingbang Ma (Rosbash)

Morning and Evening Circadian Pacemakers Independently Drive Premotor Centers via a Specific Dopamine Relay

  Xitong LiangMargaret C.W. HoMark N. WuTimothy E. HolyPaul H. Taghert


Brian Lane (Turrigiano) 

Internally Generated Predictions Enhance Neural and Behavioral Detection of Sensory Stimuli in an Electric Fish

Armen G. Enikolopov, L.F. Abbott, and Nathaniel B. Sawtell. (2018) Neuron. Jul 11;99(1):135-146.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.06.006.

Mark Zielinski (Jadhav)

A corticopontine circuit for initiation of urination.

Yao, J., Zhang, Q., Liao, X., Li, Q., Liang, S., Li, X., … Chen, X. (2018). Nature Neuroscience, 21(11), 1541.


David Hampton (Marder)

A balance of outward and linear inward ionic currents is required for generation of slow-wave oscillations

Golowasch, J., Bose, A., Guan, Y., Salloum, D., Roeser, A., & Nadim, F. (2017). Journal of neurophysiology118(2), 1092-1104.

PMID: 28539398 PMCID: PMC5547251 DOI: 10.1152/jn.00240.2017

Roshan Nanu (Lisman/Katz/Jadhav)

Volitional social interaction prevents drug addiction in rat models

Marco Venniro , Michelle Zhang, Daniele Caprioli, Jennifer K. Hoots, Sam A. Golden , Conor Heins, Marisela Morales, David H. Epstein and Yavin Shaham. (2018). Nature Neuroscience, 2115201529.

Spring 2019



Paper (title, journal, year, volume/pages, authors)


Paper (title, journal, year, volume/pages, authors)


(Tuesday, but Brandeis Monday)


John Shin

(MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology)

Faculty Search Candidate

Using spatial proteomics to determine the content of vesicles captured by golgin tethers at the trans-Golgi



Evan Schaffer
Columbia University
Postdoc Invited Speaker

Perceptual consistency and the neural representation of internal states


Peri Kurshan


Faculty Search Candidate


Towards a molecular understanding of synapse formation




Xianrui Cheng


Faculty Search Candidate

Signal Transmission and Pattern Formation in Xenopus Cytoplasm






Dennis Zimmermann


Faculty Search Candidate

Mechanoregulation of dynamic actomyosin networks at the single-molecule level



Chelsea Groves Kuhnle (Van Hooser/Turrigiano)

A collicular visual cortex: Neocortical space for an ancient midbrain visual structure 

Riccardo Beltramo and    Massimo Scanziani. (2019) Science, 363, 64-69.

Lila Fakharzadeh (Dizio)

A Hypothalamic Midbrain Pathway Essential for Driving Maternal Behaviors

Fang, Y. Y., Yamaguchi, T., Song, S. C., Tritsch, N. X., & Lin, D. (2018). Neuron98(1), 192-207.


Claire Symanski (Jadhav)

Cocaine Place Conditioning Strengthens Location-Specific Hippocampal Coupling to the Nucleus Accumbens

Sjulson L., Peyrache A., Cumpelik A., Cassataro D., Buzsáki G. (2018). Neuron, 98(5), 926-934.

Brian Cary (Turrigiano)



Ben Ballintyn (Miller)


Rabia Anjum (Paradis)



Alyssa Fassett-Carman (Gutsell/Snyder)


Jason Pipkin (Marder)



Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy



Jian-You Lin (Katz)



Mara Rue (Marder)


Bradly Stone (Katz)



Robert Singer (Bauer Week Long)



No Journal Club - Passover


Hillary Rodgers (Marder)


Alison Philbrook (Sengupta)