IBRO-ICPBR Summer School of Primate Neurobiology

IBRO-ICPBR Summer School of Primate Neurobiology

Lectures: July 19 to July 25, 2021
Institute of Neuroscience
Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
320 Yue Yang Road, Shanghai 200031, China

Internship Labs

Internship dates: July 26 to August 31, 2021

The following laboratories are going to provide the internship during the summer school

Please use the online system to finish your application, the application directly to ION lab heads will be ignored.

Laboratory of Object Vision 
PI: Dr. Le Chang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/ChangLe/Research/ 

  Internship Description: Our lab investigates how our visual system transforms retinal inputs into an understanding of the visual world, e.g. identifying objects within a visual scene, by combining functional MRI and electrophysiological recording in the visual cortex of the macaque monkey. During the internship, the student will participate in analyzing fMRI data collected in the lab and preparing visual stimuli for the experiments. 

Laboratory of Neural Mechanism of Motor Control 
PI: Dr. He Cui
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/CuiHe/Research/ 

  Internship Description: By combining behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational approaches, our lab has sought to decipher the neural codes underlying predictive sensorimotor control. During the internship, students will participate not only in chronically recording large-scale neuronal populations from monkeys via implanted micro-electrode arrays, but also implementing brain-machine interface by decoding population neuronal activity to control robotic arms in real-time. 

Laboratory of Spatial Perception 
PI: Dr. Yong Gu
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/GuYong/Research/ 

  Internship Description: Our lab focuses on multisensory, in particular, vestibular and visual integration for detection of self-motion. Intern students can assist senior post-graduate students in the lab to conduct a typical neurophysiological experiments. They will learn how we train the animals to perform a behavioral task, and how we record neural activities from single neurons at the same time. They will also participate in data analysis, as well as some phychophysical experiments on human subjects with similar behavioral paradigm as conducted on monkeys.   

Laboratory of Functional Neural Circuitry 
PI: Dr. Cheng-Yu Li
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/LiChengYu/Research/ 

  Internship Description: We utilize extracellular recording, optogenetics, calcium imaging, and theoretical methods to study the neural mechanisms underlying working memory, the critical ability of the brain to active maintain and manipulate information to guide ongoing behavior. We are also interested in neural mechanism underlying social behaviors. We mainly use mice as animal model, but are moving on to macaque monkeys. Enrolled intern student will be practicing behavioral training, extracellular recording, and data analysis in two months. 

Laboratory of Comparative Neuroimaging 
PI: Dr. Zhi-Feng Liang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/LiangZhiFeng/Research/ 
Internship Description: Interested interns will be able to be exposed to and participate in various awake marmoset fMRI studies, including auditory and visual perception related fMRI research, dynamic functional connectivity using resting state fMRI and its relationship with arousal fluctuations. Other imaging projects include multimodal marmoset connectome imaging, including high resolution T1/T2 and Diffusion weighted imaging of a large marmoset cohort. Behavioral studies involving marmoset auditory behavior are also possible.
Laboratory of Comparative Psychobiology 
PI: Dr. Li-Ping Wang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/WangLiPing/Research/ 
Internship Description: The lab focuses on the neural mechanisms of sequence learning and bodily self-consciousness. In this internship, you will be expected to learn the behavioral experimental design and data analysis for both humans (adults and preschool children) and monkeys. You may also participate in the human or monkey electrophysiology and imaging experiments. You will focus on learning how different research projects run, from behavior, neural data acquisition and analysis.
Laboratory of Visual Perceptual Mechanisms 
PI: Dr. Wei Wang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/WangWei/Research/ 

  Internship Description: More than 80% external information gets into our brain is through our eyes, and visual perception has fascinated mankind for many thousands of years. What appears to us an effortless task, the opening of our eyes, engages an extensive and anatomically complex network of brain areas. Wei’s Lab will provide you an opportunity for directly observing how single neurons in primate visual brain responding to external visual stimuli of form, color and motion. Visual illusion is the mismatch between perception and reality, and the study of it helps us to better understand the creative nature of the human visual system. You will witness various visual illusions by your own eyes and their neuronal representations in the brain. 

Laboratory of Brain Imaging 
PI: Dr. Zheng Wang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/WangZheng/Research/  
Internship Description: Our lab is interested in developing network computation and neuromodulation techniques to investigate the neurocircuitry mechanisms of reward-based psychiatric disorders in both human patients and macaque monkeys. Intern students will have an opportunity of observing MRI experiments in both human and nonhuman primate subjects, learning statistical analysis of MRI data and drawing an inference. Some cutting-edge computational techniques like machine learning will be used to probe MRI-based brain connectomics datasets.  
Laboratory of Neural Mechanisms of Decision-Making and Cognition 
PI: Dr. Tian-Ming Yang
Website: http://english.cebsit.cas.cn/LABORATORIES/YangTianMing/Research/ 

  Internship Description: Our lab uses macaque monkeys as the animal model to study the neural circuitry underlying complex cognitive process. Intern students will shadow our senior graduate students and participate in our experiments. They will learn how we test monkeys’ cognitive skills with automatic behavior testing system, how we record neural activities of individual neurons, and how we employ a variety of statistical tools to establish the link between neural activity in the brain and the animal behavior. A basic knowledge of Matlab is necessary. 

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