Neurobio Tutorials

Wondering how to sign up for a tutorial?  Please come to our tutorial fair (Tues 8/30 4:30-6 PM, Bauer Labs Lobby) to meet the instructors and pick up a copy of their syllabi.

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The Neurobiology Tutorial Program is designed to provide undergraduates (primarily juniors) with the opportunity to associate with a professional biologist over an extended period of time, to explore important research topics that are not covered in depth in other undergraduate offerings, and to become comfortable reading primary scientific literature. Tutorials can also help students to identify research topics and potential lab sponsors for their thesis work. One tutorial may count toward the 'Advanced Neurobiology' elective requirement for the Neurobiology concentration or secondary or towards the MBB junior tutorial requirement (for non-neurobiology concentrators only).

All tutorials are open to qualified students from all concentrations who have completed the listed prerequisites (minimally LPSA/Ls1a and MCB80), although students in the Neurobiology concentration will be given priority. Class size averages ~7 students per tutorial with a maximum of 12 students. Each Neurobiology 100 tutorial meets once a week throughout the academic year, carries 4 course credits for the year, and cannot be divided for credit. 

Because Neurobiology 100 is a yearlong half course, students usually take it as a fourth course one semester and a fifth course the other semester. This allows students to take a lighter load (14 credits) one semester instead of the normal 16 credits, which is often useful to help balance a semester with a particularly difficult schedule

Elisa G

Joe Zak

*Neurobiology 111. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (New Course)
Dr. Elisa Galliano and Dr. Joe Zak, Postdoctoral Fellows in MCB:;

Time/Location: W 6:30-8 PM / Location: Robinson 105

Learning and memory are dynamic processes of the brain that allow us to both interact with and interpret our environment. This course will explore the mechanistic basis of neuronal plasticity through a series of lectures and group discussions. In addition to exploring topics covering both synaptic and non-synaptic plasticity, students will gain experience critically evaluating original research articles.




*Neurobiology 109. Precision Neuroscience - Neural Circuits for Individuality (New Course)
Dr. Eva Naumann and Dr. Armin Bahl, Postdoctoral Fellows in MCB:;

Time/Location: Th 7-8:30 PM / Location: Robinson 105

How do neural circuits produce variability in the behavior of individuals? To understand how brains generate the behavioral differences that shape personality, we will study modern advances in neuroscience, from ion channels to whole-brain activity mapping. We will explore these ideas with a focus on the individual and will discuss the possibility of precision medicine applied to mental illness.

Amanda Zimmerman

*Neurobiology 107. Pleasure, pain and everything between: How Touch Encodes the World Around Us
Dr. Amanda Zimmerman, Postdoctoral Fellow, HMS:

Time/Location: W 7-8:30 PM Location: Robinson 106

We rely on our sense of touch for essential tasks and behaviors, including feeding, object recognition and grasping, avoiding physical harm, mating behaviors, and child rearing. This course covers the neural components and circuitry that underlie our sense of touch. From skin to the cortex, we will explore touch and its role in development, diseases, and most importantly, in our everyday life.

Shaun Patel

*Neurobiology 106 . Human Cognition: Reading and Writing the Neural Code
Dr. Shaun Patel, Postdoctoral Fellow, HMS:

Time/Location: Th 6-7:30 PM Location: Robinson 106

In this course, we will explore a new and cutting-edge discipline in neuroscience -- invasive human neurophysiology. Some neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation surgery, allow for the unique opportunity to directly access the human brain while patients are awake-and-behaving. Topics will include: place/grid cells, deep brain stimulation, epilepsy, face processing, brain-machine control, and reward processing.

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Updated August 2016