Welcome to the crablab at Illinois State University

The main research interests of the Stein lab focus on sensory processing and plasticity in motor networks and how sensory influences affect motor pattern selection and behavior. To study this, we use the stomatogastric nervous system of the crab Cancer borealis with its well-characterized central pattern generators as model system for the integration of sensory information and pattern selecting processes inside the nervous system. The main focus of our work is to determine how networks of neurons cope with complex and multimodal sensory input and how neuromodulatory neurons select the required patterns from multifunctional motor circuits to perform the adequate behavior. Methods used in the lab are manifold, including current and voltage clamp recordings, optical imaging, RNA and DNA extraction, and computer modeling.
The photo above shows a fluorescence staining of the stomatogastric ganglion and its 26 motor neurons. For details click here to read Goldsmith et al., 2014.

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  • New YouTube videos uploaded I finally had time to finish and upload the newest videos from my MotoVlog series. There are a total of six new videos: 1. What are scientific theories?2. Why ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2017, 9:40 PM by Wolfgang Stein
  • Chris Goldsmith wins PhD Dissertation Completion Grant. Congratulations to Chris Goldsmith from the Crablab for being awarded the PhD Dissertation Completion Grant! Chris works on an NSF funded project to study multisensory processing in motor network, using ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2017, 9:31 PM by Wolfgang Stein
  • 2017 Neuroethology / Invertebrate Neurobiology Social at SfN Please join us for this year's Neuroethology / Invertebrate Neurobiology Social at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington, DC. The social will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 9:20 AM by Wolfgang Stein
  • Our lab presented research talks at the International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education Research Some impressions from the International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education Research. We had some outstanding presentations in our session.PhD student Chris Goldsmith and MS student Marissa Cruz presented ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 1:46 PM by Wolfgang Stein
  • We viewed the total eclipse! The lab traveled south to watch the total eclipse. We were lucky that the few clouds decided to move just in time!We also collected crustaceans in Shawnee Forest. PI ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2017, 10:27 AM by Wolfgang Stein
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