26 October 2016, at REMER Talks, Dr. Erhan Baş from Jenalia Research Center is going to be at REMER.

What about topic of seminar?

A major challenge in neuroscience is to relate the structure of neurons to their function. More than 100 years ago, Santiago Ramón y Cajal found that neurons are polarized cells with dendrites and axons, the input and output ends of neurons respectively. We now know that a neuron’s structure is intimately related to its function. In this talk, I will discuss our recent advances as part of the MouseLight Project to develop an efficient pipeline to map the complete axonal projections of individual neurons across the entire mouse brain. This is a challenging task because on the one hand axons are tiny, with diameters of less than 100 nanometers; tracing axons thus requires resolution and sensitivity at the cutting edge of what is possible with optical microscopy. On the other hand, axonal arbors are huge; individual axons of projection neurons can traverse tens of millimeters across the mouse brain before reaching their targets.

Who is Dr. Erhan Baş?

Erhan Bas received his B.Sc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Physics both in 2005 from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Koc University, Turkey in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston in 2011. Before joining mouseLight team of Janelia Research Center as a computer scientist in 2015, he was with the computer vision lab at GE Global Reseach in Niskayuna, NY. His research interests include machine vision and statistical pattern recognition with various applications in biomedical image processing. He serves as a member of IEEE Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee and is a member of IEEE, EMBS, and HKN Eta Kappa Nu.

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