Two-photon imaging facility breeds ground for Neuroscience Research

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The Field of Neuroscience will experience an academic progression through a new two-photon imaging facility. The Department of Biology at the West Virginia University (WVU) is breeding ground for advanced research opportunities through a new photon imaging facility, which will help in regulating animals’ sensory functions.

This is considered to be a major advancement in the field as it centralizes around the main focus of Neuroscience. The subject closely studies the functioning of sensory and motor neural networks when animals navigate in their natural habitat. An elaborate study of animal behavioral performance requires detailed characterization of circuit architecture. The new development of high-resolution imaging on the two-photon microscopes will make the study of complex motor-to-sensory circuits more efficient and also boost researchial capabilities. It also aims at providing state-of-the- art research technology to students and will form the academic focus of WVU’s new Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience.

The facility is sponsored by an award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Defense University Research Implementation Program and through funded programs at WVU. The facility will be available in the Department of Biology beginning fall 2019 to students and faculty members conducting neuroscience research of interest to the U.S. Department of Defense.