I am happy and honoured to receive a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for research on the neuroscience of tickling: cerebellar mechanisms and sensory prediction, which I will perform at Princeton University and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Thank you to everyone who helped to support me in preparing for this Fellowship application. And of course I am very grateful to the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission for their generous support.
Tiffany Chen (Molecular Biology '20) joins the Wang lab as an undergraduate student, and will be working under my supervision. She will be studying responses to different touch stimuli in mice to understand how Crus1 and deep cerebellar nuclei are involved in processing sensory information and how it differs in wildtype and autism models.
Today I had a Skype A Scientist session with students from Mrs Moorman's class at Central Park Elementary school in Plantation, FL. The students had prepared some great questions and I was enjoying the conversation sparked by their enthusiasm and curiosity.
I joined the BrainCOGS outreach team from Princeton Neuroscience Institute at the Princeton High School this morning. It is always so rewarding to talk about brain research with curious students. And they asked amazing questions!
An article from the Simons Foundation discusses the two recent papers showing the role of the cerebellum in decision making: this week's paper from Gao et al. in Nature, and our earlier work in eLife. They discuss that these two new studies in mice provide the most direct evidence to date that the cerebellum is involved in short-term memory and decision-making.
Celebrating a successful experiment which was done in collaboration with Mikhail Kislin, another postdoc in the Wang lab. Early days for any conclusions, but every little success deserves a celebration.