Social Interaction

Deep Imaging
Social Buffering and Nociception in Zebrafish

Zebrafish are highly social, show stereotyped responses to noxious stimuli, and allow whole brain imaging with single cell resolution. Compared to other models, zebrafish offer the unique advantage of studying the role of specific genes and neuronal circuits not only in specific brain areas but in the whole brain. By combining behavioural analysis with anatomical and functional imaging, as well as pharmacological tools, the project aims to identify key brain areas and genes involved in modulating noxious responses.


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