Head direction (HD) cells are cells that fire when an animal’s head faces a specific direction. Recently we have identified subpopulations of HD cells in the retrosplenial cortex (RSC) that differ in their responsiveness to the visual panorama. The most visually responsive HD cells are located in the dysgranular subregion of RSC.
Using a combination of neuroanatomical, optogenetics and electrophysiological techniques, I am interested in dissecting the neural circuit underlying these differing responses and develop an understanding of the mechanism by which this could happen.
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