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Quantitative Motion Design

Science in Motion: Elevate Your Research with Stunning Graphics and Engaging Animations

Animating Astrocytes

Organizing Principles of Astrocytic Nanoarchitecture in the Mouse Cerebral Cortex.

Christopher K. Salmon, Tabish A. Syed, J. Benjamin Kacerovsky, Nensi Alivodej, Alexandra L. Schober, Tyler F.W. Sloan, Michael T. Pratte, Michael P. Rosen, Miranda Green, Adario Chirgwin-Dasgupta, Shaurya Mehta, Affan Jilani, Yanan Wang, Hojatollah Vali, Craig A. Mandato, Kaleem Siddiqi, Keith K. Murai 

Current Biology 2023

What is it like to be a dendrite?

My last visualization of #MICrONS layer2/3, to show the density of synapses and neuronal processes from a dendrites point of view. 


Each orange cube represents one of 3.2 m synapses. Purple cubes = post-synapses of the neuron we enter. Neuronal activity from calcium imaging: Initial zoom firing rate ~32x. Remaining activity shown ~1.6x real-time. The animation is a drop in the ocean next to the epic concerted effort by the teams who did the hard science and made it open.
Thanks to the #MICrONS team for making brains accessible:

Connections in the Brain

A compilation of videos made using the MICrONS dataset: a collection of electrophysiological recordings, optogenetic experiments, and anatomical data from mouse neocortical circuits produced by the Allen Institute for Brain Science.


It was collected to provide a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the structure and function of cortical circuits, with the ultimate goal of developing better treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Cerebellar Circuitry

Explore the mysteries of the cerebellum, the brain's 'little brain', and its beautiful Purkinje cells in this captivating video featured in a recent Harvard Medical School news article

Primary research article:
Structured cerebellar connectivity supports resilient pattern separation:
guyen, T.M., Thomas, L.A., et al. Nature (2022).

doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05471-w

Quantitative Botany

This is 3D animation showcases the cellular architecture of an Arabidopsis root, reconstructed from confocal microscopy images and segmentations using the MorphoGraphX software.


Data from:
Strauss .et al (2022).
sing positional information to provide context for biological image analysis with MorphoGraphX 2.0.


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