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Cell Types – Transcriptomics, Morphology, Electrophysiology

Lecture slides & online focused on cell types with transcriptomics, morphology and electrophysiology using our Cell Type Knowledge Explorer.

About this resource: 

This is a slide deck focused on cell types with transcriptomic, morphology and electrophysiology. The slide deck with the corresponding online lab activity can be taught in full (estimated time 4 hours) or grab individual slides to enhance your current material. These slides are meant to build off the your standard neuron morphology, electrophysiology, and transcriptomics lessons to introduce your students to modern neuroscience research. You are encouraged to grab all or some slides, and customize them to best fit your lectures.  

Students are also guided through our scientific tool, Cell Type Knowledge Explorer, and mimic how scientists use these tools with online lab activity. For students who want to further enhance their research, there is a corresponding independent student research guide. 

Audience: introductory to advanced college-level neuroscience students

Mode of instruction: suitable for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction 

Base Lesson: Cell Types & Transcriptomics

PowerPoint file of the cell types & transcriptomics lecture material

Extension 1: Morphology

PowerPoint file of the morphology lecture material

Extension 2: Electrophysiology

PowerPoint file of the electrophysiology lecture material

Full Slide Deck

PowerPoint file of the base lesson plus all extensions

Instructor Guide

Overview, slide notes, exam questions

Instructor Webinar

Online video to give background information on the slide deck for the instructors

Independent Student Research Guide

For students who want to do independent research using our Cell Type Knowledge Explorer

Independent Student Research Webinar

Accompanying webinar for the independent student research guide
Cell Type Knowledge Explorer sunburst plot

Cell Type Knowlege Explorer

Scientific tool showing cell census and atlas of primary motor cortex, used in these lesson
Plotted visualization of mouse brain cell types

Unraveling Complexity of the Mammalian Brain

News story summarizing our 2023 Nature paper

This lesson was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U24NS133077. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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