We seek to understand how i) elements of the environment (sensory cues), ii) an organism’s physiological state (aging, food intake), and iii) genetic background affect the functional dynamics of neurons and neuronal circuits, and ultimately shape animals’ behavior. We focus on learning and locomotion.

We use Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), a tiny roundworm, as a model system. To pose the questions, we employ behavioral assays, genetics tools, imaging techniques, mathematical models, and engineered technology, such as 3D printing, microfluidics, and nanoparticles manipulation.

Our research is highly interdisciplinary, as it lies at the interface between neurobiology and engineering.

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