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Photoacoustic imaging of neuronal activity in mice

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The project aims at developing an all-optical photoacoustic imaging setup to non-invasively access neuronal activity at large depths (≳ 2 mm) in the mouse brain.

Description

The study of large scale neuronal circuits throughout the brain is currently one of the biggest challenge in neurobiology. Non-invasive imaging of neuronal activity with single cell resolution is however currently limited to shallow depths, due to prominent light scattering beyond one millimeter. Photoacoustic imaging, a fascinating technique relying on ultrasound generation upon the absorption of a light pulse, has been developed to overcome this issue, enabling to probe optical absorption contrast at large depths in biological tissue. To achieve cellular resolution, the detected ultrasound bandwidth must be as large as 100 MHz, which is beyond the reach of conventional piezo-electric based sensors.
The project aims at developing an all-optical photoacoustic imaging setup to non-invasively access neuronal activity at large depths (≳ 2 mm) in the mouse brain. The candidate will design and fabricate Fabry-Perot cavities for the optical interferometric detection of ultrasound. To provide high temporal resolution as required for neuronal activity imaging, the candidate will investigate wide-field interrogation strategies of these cavities. In particular, he/she will implement data acquisition and image reconstruction approaches based on compressive sensing. These techniques will be applied to perform calcium imaging in mice.

Profil recherché

Candidates with a strong background in physics, optics, electrical engineering, neuroscience (with some experience in optical imaging) or any related field are encouraged to apply. As this project is tightly linked to its applications in biology, the candidates are expected to have a strong interest for neuroscience and biology. Programming skills (or a strong will to develop them) are essential (Matlab or Python), as well as a certain taste for tinkering. As they will be evolving in an international environment, the candidates must be fluent in English, and exhibit excellent communications capabilities (written and spoken).

Établissement d'accueil

The project will be carried out at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, within the MOSAIC group. Gathering more than 40 people from around the world, this interdisciplinary group is working at the crossroad of physics and biology.
As dealing with advanced optical fabrication and neurobiology, this project will be carried out in close collaboration with other groups from Marseille (RCMO group at Fresnel Institute, Inmed, INT).

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