Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant

Spencer Smith was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant for the "real-time tracking and imaging of neuronal dynamics in freely moving vertebrates.

Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant click to enlarge Spencer Smith, PhD

Spencer Smith, along with fellow principal investigators Benjamin Judketwitz and Ruben Portugues, was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program Grant.  Their aim is to build a system to image neural activity in freely swimming zebrafish. Previous attempts to image neural activity in freely moving animals were invasive and involved tethering the animals with electrical wires and/or optical fibers. Through the use of Smith lab’s wide field-of-view imaging systems and novel fast-tracking instrumentation, the researchers plan to image neural activity non-invasively while the fish swims around freely.

The award total is $900,000 over three years, to be divided between the three labs.