Deep Imaging

Deep Imaging
Deep imaging to unravel the circuits underlying social preference

When juvenile zebrafish first develop social behavior, the major brain area involved in social preference (the hypothalamus) is located > 750 microns below the surface and is thus difficult to image with conventional microscopy. In this project, we will implement a new method for imaging deep tissue that uses adaptive optics and wavefront shaping (developed in the Judkewitz Lab). This imaging method will then be used to monitor the activation of hypothalamic circuits while restrained zebrafish are engaged in a virtual social preference assay (developed in the Dreosti Lab).


  • Dreosti E, Lopes G, Kampff AR, Wilson SW [2015]. Development of social behavior in young zebrafish. Front Neural Circuits, Aug 18;9:39.
  • Lopes G, Bonacchi N, Frazão J, Neto JP, Atallah BV, Soares S, Moreira L, Matias S, Itskov PM, Correia PA, Medina RE, Calcaterra L, Dreosti E, Paton JJ, Kampff AR [2015]. Bonsai: an event-based framework for processing and controlling data streams.