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Olfaction and Memory

Team Leader : Lisa Roux

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General objective

Chemosensation is a fundamental sensory modality for living organisms, ranging from Bacteria to Mammals. It is used for many vital functions such as spatial navigation and communication with conspecifics. Odors can trigger innate behavioral responses, but most odor stimuli acquire behavioral significance upon learning and experience. The overarching goal of our team is to identify the neurophysiological substrates of olfactory memory formation across distributed brain networks.

To reach this goal, we study rodents in naturalistic conditions using cutting-edge technologies that allow recording and manipulating large neuronal ensembles in behaving animals: single unit extracellular recordings with silicon probes, closed-loop optogenetic strategies, automated behavioral tracking and precise monitoring of sniffing behavior.

Research Projects

Olfaction in spatial learning


Olfaction in social recognition memory


Role of oxytocin in the piriform cortex



  • Multi-electrode recordings in freely moving mice (silicon probes, tetrodes)
  • Optogenetics
  • Behavioral Assays (navigation, social behaviors...)
  • Stereotaxic surgeries (electrode implants, viral injections, canula placement)
  • In vivo pharmacology
  • Analysis of neuronal population datasets (LFP, spikes)
  • Calcium imaging
  • News

    Lisa interviewed for article in Horizon Magazine

    On the role of social scents. Article by Alex Whiting.


    Lisa and Pascal contributed to "L'Enquête des Sens"

    Chaque année, les étudiant·es du master Médiation des sciences de Bordeaux et l’association Dealers de Sciences organisent une semaine de culture scientifique et technique. Pour sa 5ème édition, la thématique choisie est « L’Enquête des Sens ». Lisa Roux et Pascal Ravassard ont répondu aux questions de leur interviewers sur la perception olfactive ( et le lien entre mémoire et odorat (


    Lisa Roux laureate of the Fondation Schlumberger pour l'Education et la Recherche

    The Schlumberger Foundation for Education and Research selects each year three laureates amongst the best young researchers who are building their team in the field of life sciences. A group leader of IINS, Lisa Roux, is one of the laureates in 2021. She has just received a prize to support the establishment of her team and will join the Cercle FSER in taking action to defend and highlight the value of basic science research.


    Lisa gave a talk at the 3rd Science and Gender Equality Symposium “SAGE 3.0”

    Dates: October 21-22, 2021 on ZOOM. The symposium is funded by the DFG Collaborative Research Center 936 (SFB 936). To know more, follow the link below.


    Olfaction and Neurosciences Symposium 2023

    Event co-organized by Lisa, Guillaume Ferreira and Giovanni Marsicano on October 16, 2023 with the support of the Neurocampus Department and the IdEx. Check out the program!


    Evan Harrell obtained a researcher position at the CNRS and is joining the team!

    Evan will bring complementary expertise to the team such as calcium imaging, Neuropixel recordings and computational approaches. His main project will focus on valence coding in olfactory circuits. Congratulation to him!

    Endogenous cannabinoids in the piriform cortex tune olfactory perception, Nat Com - Feb 24

    Geoffrey Terral, Evan Harrell, Gabriel Lepousez, Yohan Wards, Dinghuang Huang, Tiphaine Dolique, Giulio Casali, Antoine Nissant, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Guillaume Ferreira, Giovanni Marsicano & Lisa Roux

    Nature Communications. 2024-02-09

    DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-45161-x


    Whether and how the endogenous activity of cannabinoid type-1 receptors impacts sensory functions in vivo is largely unknown. Here, authors show - using in vivo electrophysiology, fiber photometry, behavioral assays and pharmacology - that it impacts network dynamics in piriform olfactory cortex and the ability of mice to detect odorants.

    - How was the Roux team involved in this publication?

    The team performed in vivo electrophysiological recordings in both freely moving and head-fixed conditions and conducted some behavioral assays. This work benefited from fruitful collaborations within the Neurocampus (Marsicano Lab and Guillaume Ferreira) and with the Pasteur Institute.


    Selected Publications

  • Roux L, Hu B, Eichler R, Stark E, Buzsáki G
  • Sharp wave ripples during learning stabilize the hippocampal spatial map Nature Neuroscience (2017)

  • Stark E., Roux L., Eichler R., Buzsáki G.
  • Local generation of multi-neuronal spike sequences in the hippocampal CA1 region. PNAS (2015)

  • Roux L., Madar A., Lacroix MM, Chenju Y., Benchenane K., Giaume C.
  • Astroglial Connexin 43 Hemichannels Modulate Olfactory Bulb Slow Oscillations. Journal of Neuroscience (2015)

  • Stark E*, Roux L*, Eichler R*, Senzai Y, Royer S, Buzsáki G (*equal contribution)
  • Pyramidal cell-interneuron interactions underlie hippocampal ripple oscillations. Neuron (2014)

  • Roux L., Benchenane K., Rothstein J., Bovento G., Giaume C.
  • Plasticity of astroglial networks in the olfactory glomeruli. PNAS (2011)


    « Researcher »

    HARRELL Evan Researcher +33533514700
    ROUX Lisa Researcher +33533514851

    « Technical Staff »

    CADORET Marie-Anne Technical staff +33533514701
    JOHANNES Eline Technical staff +33533514700

    « Postdoc »

    CASALI Giulio Postdoc +33533514852
    Joe MOORE Postdoc +33533514700

    « PhD student »

    SCARABELLO Tessa PhD student +33533514700
    SPITSYN Aléna PhD student +33533514852

    « Student »

    BUKINA Evgeniia Student +33533514700

    « Alumni & Guests »

    • Camille Miermon, PhD student (2018-2022)
    • Juliana Pi Macedo, Master 2 student (2022)
    • Geoffrey Terral, postdoc (2020-2022)
    • Pascal Ravassard, postdoc (2018-2022)
    • Tessa Scarabello, Master 1 student, NeuroBIM (2021)
    • Rafaël Michaud, Master 1 student, NeuroBIM (2021)
    • Edith Lesburguères, postdoc (2018-2020)
    • Léonie Henry, student (2020)
    • Louis Ware, student, Ecole Santé-Science de Bordeaux (2018)


    Bordeaux Neurocampus
    IdEx of Bordeaux University
    ERC Starting Grant: SociOlfa