Isaac Youngstrom, Postdoctoral Associate

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I received my PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 in sunny Cleveland. My thesis work included mouse behavioral experiments as well as whole cell recording. I joined the Wachowiak lab to study the contribution of interneurons in shaping the spatiotemporal patterns of principal output cell activity elicited by odors. Recording interneuron activity in vivo has been made easier by calcium imaging and addressing questions of their diversity and functional variety is now feasible. I am currently using an optogenetic approach to investigate the relationships of odor-elicited activity of interneurons in anesthetized mice. I also have a longstanding interest in the role of centrifugal inputs in shaping bulbar activity.