SciNaPPs Lecture Series: "Development and function of the hypothalamus"

7 December 2012

Presented by Associate Professor Gil Levkowitz, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

We utilize zebrafish as a vertebrate model organism to study the development and function of the various neurons that make up the hypothalamus. Our main goals are to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying 1) hypothalamic specification, morphogenesis and circuit formation during development. 2) hypothalamic control of body homeostasis in the mature brain. Specifically, we characterize the exact neuroanatomical structure of hypothalamic neurons in the zebrafish brain and identify factors regulating the specification and connectivity of select hypothalamic cell populations. In parallel, we are investigating the role of activity-dependent hypothalamic gene regulation in mediating responses to homeostatic challenges. These wide-ranging findings have advanced understanding of the embryonic development, neuropeptides biology and molecular physiology of the vertebrate hypothalamus

Time: 3.30 - 4.30pm

Location: Level 5 Lecture Theatre, 94 Mallett Street Camperdown

Cost: Free

Contact: A/Prof Wayne Reid

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