9.16 Cellular Neurophysiology

As taught in: Spring 2002

A graph of timing and amplitude of action potential vs. onset of calcium current in an axon.

Graph of timing and amplitude of action potential vs. onset of calcium current in an axon. (Courtesy of Prof. Guosong Liu.)

Level:

Undergraduate / Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Guosong Liu

Course Description

This course includes:

  • Surveying the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal communication.
  • Coversion channels in excitable membrane, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity.
  • Correlation of the properties of ion channels and synaptic transmission with their physiological function such as learning and memory.
  • Discussion of the organizational principles for the formation of functional neural networks at synaptic and cellular levels.