Mad Skills: Workshop Offers Training on State-of-the-Art Equipment
Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute sponsored a Research Skills Workshop, to allow students and faculty to learn how to operate the state-of-the-art technology located in the Integrated Sciences Building.
The workshop was a lead-in event to the institute’s 11th Annual Neuroscience Symposium, held Oct. 26-27, and provided the opportunity for symposium attendees to learn about cutting-edge neuroscience techniques, including the use of resources available in the institute's laboratories, located in the basement of the Integrated Sciences Building.
The event featured lectures from four professors, who discussed the advanced research techniques being used in the institute's faculty labs, and showed how state-of-the-art equipment housed at the sciences building can be used in various types of research. The presentations were followed by tours of the laboratories and demonstrations of how to use the equipment.
Faculty who gave presentations at the workshop and their topics were:
Lique Coolen, Ph.D., professor, Department of Biological Sciences: High throughput analysis of gene expression using multiplex fluorescent in situ hybridization and 3D whole tissue analysis using light-sheet microscopy.
Aleisha Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences: Mapping brain circuits using viral tract tracing and in vivo calcium imaging.
Richard Piet, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences: Manipulating and monitoring neuronal activity with brain slice electrophysiology and optogenetics.