Research Assistant: Investigation of Spatial Navigation in the Developing Human and Animal BrainSemester Course

Research Assistant: Investigation of Spatial Navigation in the Developing Human and Animal Brain
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Neuroscience
Type
Elective Course
Available
Fall/Spring semester
Credit(s)
6

This project delves into basic neuroscience, where you will learn the anatomy, molecular makeup, and composition of the brain’s spatial navigation system, the entorhinal cortex. You will learn about the different cell types of the brain and how we can visualize them, as well as how this part of the brain is processed. We study the entorhinal cortex using different species, including the developing human fetus and different animal brains, such as pig and bat brains. Techniques that you may learn in the project include neural cell culture, immunofluorescence, histology, and confocal microscopy. The entorhinal cortex is also affected early on in Alzheimer’s disease and we therefore are interested in understanding whether specific cell types are affected in the disease and which molecular mechanisms are at play, which will help us understand why this part of the brain is one of the first affected.

Research Institution: University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Pre-Medicine / Health Science

Faculty

Vanessa Hall

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2002-2004). Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (2014-present). Leader of Group of Brain Development and Disease. Chairman of DANWISE (Danish Society for Women in Science).