Ryan, Kerrianne

Dr. Kerrianne Ryan has worked extensively on the connectome of the larval invertebrate brain of Ciona intestinalis. Kerrianne was a member of the Meinertzhagen laboratory at Dalhousie University, studying invertebrate neural anatomy. Using serial section TEM techniques, she led reconstruction and annotation of a larval brain connectome of the invertebrate chordate. Release of the connectome data in 2016 brought attention back to the simple nervous system of this animal, and has inspired or produced a great deal of investigable hypotheses that have helped to uncover unknown behaviour, and allow new genetic and neural comparisons. Work continues now on a comparative connectome analytical effort on a sibling larva, along with collaborative exploration and development of additional techniques and technologies to apply to this system.

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