The axons of neurons are electrically insulated by myelin, which vastly increases the speed of electrical conduction. There are small gaps in this insulation, which are capable of allowing electrical potential differences across the cell membrane. Thus, electrical activity hopping in a "saltatory" fashion from one gap to the next. Using techniques for analyzing partial differential equations and stochastic processes, we will study how this segmented sheathing structure makes electrical conduction in axons fast and robust to noise.
Description of Project in synthetic biology coming soon.