BiMe

Mechanics of behavior in non-neuronal systems - and other puzzles from the depths of the ocean

date
20.03.2019 
time
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 
speaker
Prof. Manu Prakash 
affiliation
Stanford University 
language
en 
main topic
Biology: general
subtopics
Medicine: Regeneration
host
DIPP (Dresden International PhD Program) 
abstract

AbstractRemarkable behavioral complexity in metazoans can be attributed to the evolution of the neuron and the nervous system. But for such a system to arise in the pre-cambrian era, precursors of animals without neurons must have roamed the earth at some point of time. Soft-bodied animals make for a very poor representation in our fossil records, shutting the door to inferring origins of behavioral complexity prior to nervous systems as we know it. By exploring diverse living relatives of multi-cellular and single-celled organisms spread across the tree of life, I will share examples of quantitative methods to construct behavioral motifs and embodied algorithms in simple non-neuronal systems. Time permitting, I will also share some old biological puzzles, new tools and opportunities and an urgent need to explore planktonic life - the biological soup we call the ocean.

 

Last update: 20.03.2019 00:09.

venue 

DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD, auditorium left) 
Fetscherstraße 105
01307 Dresden
telefon
+49 (0)351 458 82064 
fax
+49 (0)351 458 82059  
e-mail
DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden 
homepage
http://www.crt-dresden.de 

organizer 

DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)
Fetscherstraße 105
01307 Dresden
telefon
+49 (0)351 458 82064 
fax
+49 (0)351 458 82059 
e-mail
DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) 
homepage
http://www.crt-dresden.de 
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