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Janelia Research Campus

Janelia Research Campus Janelia is a pioneering research center where scientists from many disciplines gather to collaborate on some of science's most challenging problems.
Janelia scientists are working on discovering the basic rules and mechanisms of the brain's information-processing system and developing optical, biological, and computational technologies for creating and interpreting biological images.
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Janelia's overall objective is to pursue fundamental problems in basic biomedical research that are difficult to approach in academia and industry, because: * They require expertise from disparate areas. * They are too long-term for standard funding mechanisms. * They are outside the current priorities of other funding agencies.

Join an intense and exciting research environment this summer. Janelia is accepting applications for the Janelia Undergr...
12/01/2018
Undergraduate Scholars Program | Janelia Research Campus

Join an intense and exciting research environment this summer. Janelia is accepting applications for the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program from undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students who have not committed to a PhD program. Apply by January 8, 2019.

The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, and committed students with significant research experience. We accept undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students who have not committed to a PhD program. Janelia undergraduate scholars ar...

By pulling together anatomical data from Janelia's MouseLight Project, gene expression profiles from the Allen Institute...
10/31/2018
Decoding How Brain Circuits Control Behavior | Janelia Research Campus

By pulling together anatomical data from Janelia's MouseLight Project, gene expression profiles from the Allen Institute, and functional data from the lab of Janelia Senior Group Leader Karel Svoboda, an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team of scientists brought clarity to a complex question about brain function.

Janelia and Allen Institute scientists team up, combining genetic analyses, anatomical maps, and detailed studies of neuronal activity to reveal brain cells’ roles in controlling movement.

#Neuropixels offer the most precise understanding yet of how large networks of nerve cells coordinate to give rise to be...
10/31/2018
Neuropixels Technology Ready for Release | Janelia Research Campus

#Neuropixels offer the most precise understanding yet of how large networks of nerve cells coordinate to give rise to behavior and cognition, and they’re now available for purchase.

A transformative technology for detecting and recording neural activity in the brain is now available for researchers to purchase through imec, a leading nanoelectronics research center in Belgium.

Philipp Keller and team have designed a microscope that can adapt to a constantly changing mouse embryo, making decision...
10/11/2018
New Microscope Offers 4-D Look at Embryonic Development in Living Mice | Janelia Research Campus

Philipp Keller and team have designed a microscope that can adapt to a constantly changing mouse embryo, making decisions in milliseconds, over hundreds of images, at hundreds of different time points.

With the development of an adaptive, multi-view light sheet microscope and a suite of computational tools, researchers have captured the first view of early organ development inside the mouse embryo.

Tim, a chef at Bob’s, our campus pub, showing off some of the dishes on their new menu. #dinner #foodpic #eat #tasty #...
09/27/2018

Tim, a chef at Bob’s, our campus pub, showing off some of the dishes on their new menu. #dinner #foodpic #eat #tasty #hungry #yum #nomnom #yummy #tastethisnext #foodlover @ Janelia Research Campus

Top researchers from around the world come to Janelia each year for our conferences and workshops. Want to join them? Ap...
09/27/2018

Top researchers from around the world come to Janelia each year for our conferences and workshops. Want to join them? Apply now for spring 2019 meetings. There are no registration fees, meals and hotel rooms are fully covered, and travel scholarships are available!

Registration deadlines vary by meeting: https://www.janelia.org/you-janelia/conferences/spring-2019

This week Janelia hosted first year graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Neuroscience for a...
08/24/2018

This week Janelia hosted first year graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Neuroscience for a data analysis boot camp. The students spent two and a half intensive days getting hands on experience learning to analyze electrophysiology and functional imaging data using MATLAB. Some of these students are interested in rotating in Janelia labs and then either collaborating with or even joining Janelia labs to conduct their research as part of the joint graduate program. Learn more: https://www.janelia.org/you-janelia/students-postdocs/joint-graduate-program

Elaine Ostrander from NIH will be the next speaker in our free public lecture series at Janelia. Get tickets now for her...
08/10/2018
Elaine Ostrander to Deliver Public Lecture at Janelia | Janelia Research Campus

Elaine Ostrander from NIH will be the next speaker in our free public lecture series at Janelia. Get tickets now for her talk, “How to Build A Dog In 2,392,715,236 Simple Steps."

Dr. Elaine Ostrander from the National Institutes of Health will be our next speaker in the Dialogues of Discovery lecture series at Janelia. In her talk, “How to Build A Dog In 2,392,715,236 Simple Steps,” Ostrander will explain how scientists have built an unprecedented dataset of dog breeds a...

This week our Janelia Undergraduate Scholars presented their work to the Janelia community at a poster session. For many...
08/03/2018

This week our Janelia Undergraduate Scholars presented their work to the Janelia community at a poster session. For many of the scholars, this was their first experience formally presenting their research. Congratulations to all of our scholars on a fantastic summer! @ Janelia Research Campus

In this Q&A, Kristin Branson – senior group leader and head of the new Computation and Theory research group here at J...
06/28/2018
Digging into Data: Q&A with Kristin Branson | Janelia Research Campus

In this Q&A, Kristin Branson – senior group leader and head of the new Computation and Theory research group here at Janelia – explains why computational algorithms, models, and theories are important complements to biological research and shares how we're using them to drive science forward.

As the volume and pace of data collection increase, computation and theory are becoming increasingly vital to biology. How do these research approaches drive science forward at the Janelia Research Campus? Janelia Senior Group Leader Kristin Branson heads a new core research focus on Computation and...

Thanks to Inova Loudoun Hospital for the great opportunity to support the littlest patients.
06/01/2018

Thanks to Inova Loudoun Hospital for the great opportunity to support the littlest patients.

A big thank you to our friends at Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus for their awesome (and adorable!) donation of custom-made stuffed animals for our Pediatric unit!

Our facility dog, Jeremiah, can’t wait to deliver these cuddly companions to our youngest patients. Thanks to Janelia and to all of our neighbors who help us take care of our community!

#neighborshelpingneighbors #thankfulthursday

Tool-building has always been a core part of the research here at Janelia. Senior Group Leader Luke Lavis explains why i...
05/31/2018
Tools of the Trade: Q&A with Luke Lavis | Janelia Research Campus

Tool-building has always been a core part of the research here at Janelia. Senior Group Leader Luke Lavis explains why it’s so important and how the new Molecular Tools and Imaging group will emphasize and further develop this type of science.

"Making tool-building equivalent in significance and scale to our biological programs is unique in the scientific landscape." - Luke Lavis.

Tool-building has always been an essential part of scientific progress and a core part of the research at Janelia Research Campus. With the recent changes in its focus areas, how is Janelia staying committed to tool-building?

Attention doctoral students! We are now accepting applications for our Graduate Research Fellowship program. The fellows...
05/09/2018

Attention doctoral students! We are now accepting applications for our Graduate Research Fellowship program. The fellowship program is a fully-funded, collaborative PhD program for independent, committed graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or abroad. Students will conduct research at Janelia for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years and will work with one or more research mentors at Janelia who will provide scientific and career guidance. Deadline: July 18, 2018 http://bit.ly/2K9HUqD

Congratulations to the Janelia team "Tick Attacks a Doe" for participating in the 8th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5k benefiting ...
05/07/2018

Congratulations to the Janelia team "Tick Attacks a Doe" for participating in the 8th Annual Loudoun Lyme 5k benefiting the National Capital Lyme Disease Association. #FinishLyme

04/25/2018
shrimplike_crustacean from release

This stunning video of the developing embryo of a crustacean is the result of work by Janelia’s Anastasios Pavlopoulos and colleagues who harnessed the power of a multi-view light-sheet microscope to trace and study cells of the animal’s growing limbs. The study subject, Parhyale hawaiensis, is a shrimp-like marine crustacean that develops a remarkable suite of specialized limbs along its body.
http://bit.ly/2HwZR1O
Credit: C. Wolff et al./eLife 2018 doi: 10.7554/eLife.34410

Expansion microscopy is a technique that allows you to enlarge the size of a tissue sample to get nanoscale resolution f...
03/29/2018
Larger than Life: Monique Copeland and Paul Tillberg Explain Expansion Microscopy | Janelia Research Campus

Expansion microscopy is a technique that allows you to enlarge the size of a tissue sample to get nanoscale resolution from an ordinary microscope. Janelia Fellow Paul Tillberg and Research Technician Monique Copeland explain how we use it here at Janelia.

Have you ever pressed Silly Putty onto the funny pages of a newspaper, then stretched the transferred picture so it’s larger than the original cartoon? If so, you already have a basic understanding of how expansion microscopy (ExM), an innovative technique being used at Janelia and other labs acro...

A few times times a year, Janelia opens its doors to the greater community through a public lecture series called Dialog...
03/08/2018
Elizabeth Spelke to Deliver Public Lecture at Janelia | Janelia Research Campus

A few times times a year, Janelia opens its doors to the greater community through a public lecture series called Dialogues of Discovery. Our next speaker will be Elizabeth Spelke from Harvard University.

Dr. Elizabeth Spelke from Harvard University will deliver the next Dialogues of Discovery lecture at Janelia. Spelke’s talk, “Objects and People: From Core Cognition to New Systems of Knowledge,” is on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. All Dialogues of Discovery lectures are free and open to th...

For scientists who are ready to take on the responsibility of running their own lab, the years immediately after graduat...
02/16/2018
Janelia Career Paths: Early Independence | Janelia Research Campus

For scientists who are ready to take on the responsibility of running their own lab, the years immediately after graduate school can be an energetic and creative time. We talked to Gwyneth Card, Philipp Keller, and Luke Lavis about their career paths at Janelia.

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01/25/2018
Animation 350 years of light microscopy in Delft

The history of light microscopy, from van Leeuwenhoek to present (featuring Janelia's Eric Betzig and Harald Hess)!

This animation shows 350 years of light microscopy history. From the earliest days of van Leeuwenhoek to the Nobel prize in 2014 and current developments at ...

Is it possible to map the entire nervous system? CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited the Zlatic lab to learn about how her ...
01/22/2018
Is it possible to map the entire nervous system? - CNN Video

Is it possible to map the entire nervous system? CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited the Zlatic lab to learn about how her work is contributing to this monumental effort.

One lab in the United States is trying to unravel the wiring in our brains

There is still time to apply to participate in these five spring conferences at Janelia. http://bit.ly/2DqNouT
12/26/2017

There is still time to apply to participate in these five spring conferences at Janelia. http://bit.ly/2DqNouT

As a physics major, Misha Proskurin never imagined working in neuroscience. Today, he spends his time working to underst...
12/15/2017
In the Lab with Misha Proskurin | Janelia Research Campus

As a physics major, Misha Proskurin never imagined working in neuroscience. Today, he spends his time working to understand how the brain uses internal models to guide behavior. It all started with the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program (now accepting applications for summer 2018).

As a physics student at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Mikhail (Misha) Proskurin never imagined working in neuroscience. Today, as a Janelia Graduate Scholar in the Karpova lab, he spends his time working to understand how the brain uses internal models to guide behavior. It all sta...

"Janelia has plenty of off-the-shelf commercial microscopes. But when the tools they need don’t exist, they don’t wa...
11/28/2017
The microscope makers

"Janelia has plenty of off-the-shelf commercial microscopes. But when the tools they need don’t exist, they don’t wait for them to be invented elsewhere — they build them in-house."

A small community of scientists has taken a do-it-yourself approach to microscopy: when the right tool for the job doesn’t exist, make it.

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11/22/2017

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As Janelia's Vivek Jayaraman says, "You can go end to end, potentially, in the fly."
11/16/2017
Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

As Janelia's Vivek Jayaraman says, "You can go end to end, potentially, in the fly."

The world’s flies do much more than annoy us. Pollinating plants, cleaning up carcasses, swabbing drains — flies are part of every strand of the web of life.

11/15/2017
Neuroscience News and Research

Neuroscience News and Research

Live at Society for Neuroscience 2017 with Dr Giovanna Lalli and Dr Tim Harris. Send in your questions.

Wellcome Trust Together Science Can

Janelia's Advanced Imaging Center is now accepting proposals from scientists who are interested in conducting experiment...
11/14/2017
Call for Proposals | Janelia Research Campus

Janelia's Advanced Imaging Center is now accepting proposals from scientists who are interested in conducting experiments using our unique microscope systems.

The AIC will be accepting proposals from November 13, 2017 to January 15, 2018. Scientists who are interested in conducting experiments at the Advanced Imaging Center will be required to submit a brief application. Prior to proposal submission, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the AIC f...

If you’re a junior scientist ready to launch an independent research program, whether you’re a post-doctoral fellow ...
11/13/2017
Janelia is Recruiting

If you’re a junior scientist ready to launch an independent research program, whether you’re a post-doctoral fellow or a finishing graduate student, consider the opportunities at Janelia. Talk with us at #SFN17.

We are looking for early-career scientists to become Group Leaders and Fellows.

Attending #SFN17? We are too!Click the link for a full list of Janelia speakers and poster presentations.
11/11/2017
Janelia at Society for Neuroscience 2017

Attending #SFN17? We are too!

Click the link for a full list of Janelia speakers and poster presentations.

Reach out to us if you’d like to talk at the conference.

Janelia’s Virus Services support team partners with scientists to fulfill their viral tool needs - and they've now exp...
11/09/2017
Janelia Virus Service Extended to HHMI Investigators

Janelia’s Virus Services support team partners with scientists to fulfill their viral tool needs - and they've now expanded their service to all HHMI investigators.

Custom viral constructs and tools are now available to HHMI investigators, thanks to the expansion of Janelia's Virus Service support team. From viral construct design to troubleshooting viral…

Speaking of Research
11/09/2017
Speaking of Research

Speaking of Research

MouseLight helps researchers unravel secrets of the brain. Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus have created a 3D map of 300 mouse neurons, with the aim of adding another 700 in 2018. However, even this feat only scratches the surface of the 70 million neurons typically found in a mouse’s brain. Scientists injected a virus into the brains of mice which would infect a few cells and cause them to produce fluorescent proteins; they then imaged the brain with high-resolution microscopes and turned the resulting images into 3D computer models. They found many of the axons (slender projections of the neuron) were up to half a metre in length and stretched into unexpected regions of the brain, for example the neurons associated with taste also stretched into areas controlling movement and touch. More information on the project is available on the MouseLight website.

Neuropixels, new silicon probes that can simultaneously record activity of hundreds of neurons, are expected to give sci...
11/08/2017
New Silicon Probes Record Activity of Hundreds of Neurons Simultaneously

Neuropixels, new silicon probes that can simultaneously record activity of hundreds of neurons, are expected to give scientists a much clearer picture of how different parts of the brain work together to process information.

With nearly 1,000 electrical sensors positioned along a probe thinner than a human hair but long enough to access many regions of a rodent’s brain simultaneously, Neuropixels could greatly accelerate…

Janelia in the community: To support Special Olympics Virginia, our team pulled a plane in the Dulles Plane Pull and hel...
11/06/2017

Janelia in the community: To support Special Olympics Virginia, our team pulled a plane in the Dulles Plane Pull and helped raise money for an important cause.

Two teams of scientists at Janelia have independently mapped a brain region critical for memory and learning in the frui...
11/03/2017
Electron Microscopy Uncovers Unexpected Connections in Fruit Fly Brain

Two teams of scientists at Janelia have independently mapped a brain region critical for memory and learning in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, in the larval and adult life stages. Their findings have added some unexpected neural connections to a seemingly solved circuit.

What was once thought to be a done-and-dusted map of the fruit fly brain has gotten a second look, and researchers have discovered that it’s actually not done at all.

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