Input Driven Synchrony of Oscillating Olfactory Receptor Neurons: Computational Modeling Study
I have been working on modeling and analyzing spontaneously bursting olfactory receptor neurons of Lobsters. This work is done with collaboration with Yuriy Bobkov, a nice Russian electrophysiologist. He discovered that there are spontaneously oscillating cells among the primary sensory receptor neurons which is surprising because sensory neurons are supposed to send signals that they detect, but not generate signals by themselves. We had some hypothesis, and the only way to see the plausibility was to extrapolate single cell recording results to a full population model, because we thought that the population dynamics of these cell would represent temporal ques from the environment. I built a modified renewal neuron model, extrapolated the model to the population, and built a neural decoder. So if you are interested, and happend to be around Sarasota, Florida, USA on 23 April, 2009 (AChemS), please come and visit my poster.
P.S. I like posters with less text, because I know people will not read them if there is too much, but some of my coauthors insisted on putting full figure captions, so it looks kind of compact.