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Funding

At this moment, I do not have funds to hire postdocs. However, there are possibilities of external funding, including:

Do not hesitate to contact me if you want to do a Master project or a PhD. International students seeking to do a PhD in France may apply to the Ecole des Neurosciences de Paris, which funds PhD fellowships.

Topics

I am open to discussion for projects on spike initiation and sensory systems. Currently, I am especially interested in projects that mix theory and experiments. We now have a patch-clamp rig in the lab that we are in the process of automating, so that little practical experience is needed and most time can be spent on theory and the design of experiments. We also have access to MEAs, immunochemistry, fluorescence imaging, etc. We are also starting experiments on cultured neurons with constrained geometry.

I am interested in a number of topics on spike initiation, for example, how does a cell learn to spike? I would like to develop a theory of development of excitability: how does the cell manage to put the right number of channels at the right place so that spikes can be produced and propagated to the terminals? What are the rules of structural plasticity of the axonal initial segment? Related to these questions, we have started to look into a new biological model, an excitable unicellular organism that can be recorded and manipulated in vivo, and where plastic changes can be induced in short time scales - ask me for more information.

On sensory systems, at this moment I am especially interested in the question of autonomy. That is, instead of trying to model the neural responses to stimuli (coding), I am interested in modeling the behavior of autonomous organisms in an environment, an inverted perspective which in my view is more biologically relevant. To this end, we have started to look into a very exciting simple biological model where we can directly relate electrical activity with behavior, do intracellular recordings, calcium imaging and behavioral work. Please contact me if you are interested in this line of work.

You may also contact me if you have another project that you think I might be interested in.

Contact me for more information (please send a CV).