Ezequiel M. Arneodo, Ph.D.

Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department
Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institution
New York University
Address
450 East 29th Street
Room 935 East River Science Park
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10016
Country
United States
Phone
(646) 501-4535
E-mail
zeke.arneodo[at]gmail.com
Website
http://janelia.org/lab/rinberg-lab
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2014
Country Of Origin
Argentina
Mentor Name
Dmitry Rinberg, Ph.D.

Research

In the Rinberg lab, we are exploring how cells in the brain’s “smell center” represent information about odors. Animals use information provided by scents to avoid danger and find food or mates. For each odor, an olfactory receptor neuron in the nose sends a signal to a cluster of nerves in the olfactory bulb in the brain; these clusters then communicate with an intermediary cell, which sends a signal to the part of the brain that directs the animal’s behavior. Using an array of neurophysiological and optogenetic techniques, I will record the activity of a specific set of cells as a mouse detects a variety of odors. By monitoring how quickly or vigorously the cells respond to these selected scents, I hope to decipher how these cells represent the patterns of activity of the receptors and convey information about the identity and concentration of odors—work that will provide insights into how nerve cells interpret and encode information about our surroundings which may impart insights into the cause and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.