We seek to understand how i) elements of the environment (sensory cues), ii) the 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.

To obtain some answers, 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 technological means, such as 3D printing, microfluidics, and nanoparticles manipulation.

In consequence, research in our group is highly interdisciplinary, and it lies at the interface between neurobiology and engineering. Luckily enough, we have many excellent collaborators.

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