RESEARCH GROUPS
Systems Neuroscience

ABOUT

Systems Neuroscience

Mainen Lab

We are interested in understanding the principles underlying the complex adaptive behavior of organisms. Starting with quantitative observations of animal behavior, we aim to integrate quantitative cellular and systems level experimental analysis of underlying neural mechanisms with theoretical, ecological and evolutionary contexts. Rats and mice provide flexible animal models that allow us to monitor and manipulate neural circuits using electrophysiological, optical and molecular techniques. We have made progress using highly-controlled studies of a simple learned odor-cued decision task and are extending our focus toward more complex behaviors. Projects in the lab are wide-ranging and continually evolving. Current topics include (i) olfactory sensory decision-making, (ii) the function of the serotonin system, (iii) the role of uncertainty in brain function and behavior. 

Info

Main Interests

How brains use perceptual information to create and act on models of the world, the role of confidence, uncertainty and neuromodulators in these processes

Methods

Optogenetics, Theory, Behaviour, Electrophysiology

Models and Regions

Rats, Mice, Humans / Cortex and Raphe Nuclei

Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Zachary Mainen at the email address bellow.

zmainen@neuro.fchampalimaud.org

Lab Webpage

mainenlab.org

PROJECTS

Systems Neuroscience

TEAM

Systems Neuroscience

Know our Team

Zachary Mainen

Zachary Mainen, PhD

Principal Investigator

Madalena Fonseca

Madalena Fonseca

2013 INDP PhD Student

Pietro Vertechi

Pietro Vertechi

2014 INDP PhD Student

Baylor Brangers

Baylor Brangers

2015 INDP PhD Student

Dario Sarra

Dario Sarra

2016 INDP PhD Student

Tiago Quendera

Tiago Quendera

External Student

Catarina Pimentel

Catarina Pimentel, PhD

Lab Manager

Beatriz Godinho

Beatriz Godinho

Masters Student

Lucas Soares

Lucas Soares

Masters Student

Sandrine van Dommelen

Sandrine van Dommelen

Masters Student

Samuel Viana

Samuel Viana

PhD Student

Cindy Poo

Cindy Poo, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Eric Dewitt

Eric Dewitt, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fanny Cazettes

Fanny Cazettes, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gautam Agarwal

Gautam Agarwal, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Guido Meijer

Guido Meijer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hanne Stensola

Hanne Stensola, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mattia Bergomi

Mattia Bergomi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Niccolò Bonacchi

Niccolò Bonacchi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicolas Gutierrez

Nicolas Gutierrez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Romain Ligneul

Romain Ligneul, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tor Stensola

Tor Stensola, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Margarida Duarte

Margarida Duarte, PhD

Research Assistant

Inês Laranjeira

Inês Laranjeira

Research Technician

Megha Patwa

Megha Patwa

Research Technician

Solène Sautory

Solène Sautory

Research Technician

Olivier Winter

Olivier Winter

Senior Technician

Margarida Nunes

Margarida Nunes

Lab Administrator

PUBLICATIONS

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