The UWIN seminars continue with a pair of short talks by Jeff Riffell and Josh Smith. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:30pm in Husky Union Building (HUB) 337. Refreshments will be served prior to the talks.
“The sensory biology and neurobiology of the mosquito – the world’s deadliest animal”
Jeff Riffell, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Josh Smith, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
“The sensory biology and neurobiology of the mosquito – the world’s deadliest animal” ( Jeff Riffell)
Here, in this talk, I will focus our recent work on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an important disease vector. Little is known about the neural circuits that drive mosquito host-finding behavior, but I will describe our efforts towards characterizing the neural bases of behavior at different life-history stages (adult sugar-seeking, host-locating), and developing new tools for interrogating those circuits. Further, I will argue that such an understanding can lead to new interventions and tools for mosquito control.
“Acoustic Levitation” (Josh Smith)
I will present some early work in my group on using ultrasound to levitate small objects. After introducing the technique, I will discuss potential applications in neuroscience, neurotechnology, robotics, and other areas.