Identification of neurons and circuits involved in sensorimotor processing
The aim of this project is to understand how components in the circuit are linked and how the activity patterns of neurons arise from their synaptic connectivity. We identify neuronal components of a network using behavioral, physiological and anatomical methods. We then map connectivity among candidate neurons by combining chemical, optical and electrical techniques. Importantly, in the brain of the fruitfly it is possible to systematically identify the same class of neurons across different individuals. This allows investigating variability in synaptic connectivity and circuit function across different flies.