Theses Doctoral

Hippocampal Interneuron Dynamics Supporting Memory Encoding and Consolidation

Vancura, Bert

Neural circuits within the hippocampus, a mammalian brain structure critical for both the encoding and consolidation of episodic memories, are composed of intimately connected excitatory pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons. While decades of research have focused on how the in vivo physiological properties of pyramidal cells may support these cognitive processes, and the anatomical and physiological properties of interneurons have been extensively studied in vitro, relatively little is known about how the in vivo activity patterns of interneurons support memory encoding and consolidation.

Here, I have utilized Acousto-Optic Deflection (AOD)-based two-photon calcium imaging and post-hoc immunohistochemistry to perform large-scale recordings of molecularly-defined interneuron subtypes, within both CA1 and CA3, during various behavioral tasks and states. I conclude that the subtype-specific dynamics of inhibitory circuits within the hippocampus are critical in supporting its role in memory encoding and consolidation.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Neurobiology and Behavior
Thesis Advisors
Losonczy, Attila
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
March 16, 2022