Mechanosensation: From ion channels to animal behaviors


Wei Zhang


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Date: March 7, 3016


Mechanosensation, the sensation for mechanical force, employs mechanosensitive ion channels to detect touch, pain, body movement, sound and other cues. In this talk, I will describe our work using Drosophila sensory neurons as a model to elucidate the molecular and cellular basis for mechanosensory behaviors. I will show the neural structure for gentle touch sensation in the fly larvae, and the mechanosensitive channel that mediates its extraordinary sensitivity. I will then describe the intriguing properties of this channel, and how it fulfills the mechanical-electrical transduction with its unique features. I will also discuss how this research strategy could be applied to the highly diverse mechanosensory behaviors.

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This talk is available to Stanford faculty, students, and staff only.

Created: Monday, March 7th, 2016