2.5-um thick optical slice through the nose of a zebrafish embryo.
Drosophila flying tethered in a virtual reality arena.
Genetically labeled "Jam-B" ganglion cells in the retina of the mouse.
Opsin-expressing hippocampal neurons in culture.
Viruses and child.
Early nicotine addiction.
Reconstruction of tissue sections taken through the nasal epithelium.


Understanding the brain remains one of the great intellectual challenges for science, and it requires the integration of approaches from many disciplines. Caltech Neuroscience research spans a wide range: from the molecular function of receptors; through signaling organelles like the synapse; the structure and function of single neurons; the assembly and function of circuits of nerve cells; and the collective function of brain systems in controlling behavior, perception, memory, cognition, and emotion. Several laboratories are applying basic science findings to animal models of brain disorders, and these translational approaches are opening up novel therapeutic avenues. Finally, Caltech's traditional strength in engineering stimulates the development of new tools for brain science: from optical techniques to new twists of genetic engineering, to novel multi-electrode devices, to computational models and theories.


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