Anna Stepien

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I have received my master in mathematical and natural sciences at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. During my PhD conducted at the Friedrich Miescher Institute and University of Basel I have studied the connectivity of the motor controlling circuits in developing spinal cord. Currently I am studying neural mechanisms underlying vocal production and vocal learning in songbirds and in human. I am especially interested in how different parameters of produced sounds are controlled and tuned by neural circuits. I am engaged in development of a technique to record chronically, with carbon fiber multi-electrode, neuronal activity during vocal learning in juvenile and adult birds. I am interested in connectivity of the neural system and using tracing techniques based on viral expression of markers I am studying brain circuits in rodents and birds


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  • Homare Yamahachi, Anja T. Zai, Ryosuke O. Tachibana, Anna E. Stepien, Diana I. Rodrigues, Sophie Cavé-Lopez, Gagan Narula, Juneseung Lee, Ziqiang Huang, Heiko Hörster, Daniel Düring, Richard H. R. Hahnloser Welfare of zebra finches used in research, bioRxiv, 2017 pdf