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Cellular and molecular neuroscience

Mātai Io Tōpu, Aro Pūtau, Aro Rāpoi Ngota


Neuroscientists within the Department of Physiology use cutting-edge research techniques to understand the structure and function of the nervous system. Research includes study of the neuromuscular junction, central neural circuits controlling neuroendocrine and motor function, and motivated behaviour.

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Cellular and molecular neuroscience research techniques

Our researchers employ a variety of techniques to interrogate the structure and function of the peripheral and central nervous system. We have specific expertise in the following techniques:

  • Brain slice patch-clamp electrophysiology
  • Calcium imaging with inorganic dyes and genetically-encoded indicators
  • Confocal and multiphoton microscopy
  • Electron microscopy
  • Mouse and rat transgenics
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • In situ hybridisation
  • In vivo electrophysiology
  • Optogenetics
  • Single-cell gene profiling
  • Virus-mediated tract tracing

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