Comparative Neuroanatomy Analysis of the Human Brainstem

Photo of section through the human brainstem showing the structure called the inferior olive in four different cases.

Understanding the neurochemical organization of the human brainstem has implications for understanding major neurological disorders including epilepsy, tinnitus, hyperacusis and ataxia.

Project description

The project entails preparing and analyzing Nissl and immunostained sections through the human brainstem. Tissue has been obtained from the Witelson Normal Brain Collection. Structures to be analyzed include the Superior Olivary Complex and brainstem nuclei related to the vagus nerve, e.g. the nucleus of the solitary tract.

Project outcome

Descriptive analysis of brainstem structures in human compared to other mammals could be the first the topic of a poster and eventually of aresearch publication in journals such as Brain Structure and Function, or Aantomical Record.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-person
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic credit, volunteer
Who is eligible

Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a strong interest in Neuroscience.

Baseline knowledge of the nervous system, biology, psychology and neuroscience would be useful but not required.  

Project mentor

Joan Baizer


Physiology and Biophysics

Phone: (716) 829-3096


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Preparation activities

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neuroscience, biology, physiology, anatomy, physiology and biophysics