The Pluta lab utilizes cutting-edge techniques to dissect the cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying sensation and action. We aim to discover how local and long-range networks generate sensory representations and guide behavior. Our model system is the mouse sense of touch because their large array of facial whiskers are purposely maneuvered (similar to primate foveation) to navigate the environment, capture prey, and socialize.
Current projects available for study include:
Determine the significance of identified inhibitory networks to spatial feature integration in the cortex.
Determine the significance of long-range connectivity to sensorimotor specializations in the cortex.
Determine how parallel cortical inputs shape sensorimotor integration in the superior colliculus.
Determine how dendritic integration in the superficial cortical layer shapes somatic output deep in the cortex.
Financial support for three years is available with the possibility of extension.
The ideal candidate has expertise in some or all of the following techniques: electrophysiology, optogenetics, animal behavior, statistical analysis, viral tracing, intrinsic imaging, calcium imaging, and Matlab/Python programming. A PhD in Neuroscience, or related, is required.