11/07/2016 - 12:00 - Sala Charles Darwin

Sequential motor program selection in fly grooming behavior

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Julie H. Simpson

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California. Santa Barbara, USA

Julie Simpson, from the University of California in Santa Barbara, US, is interested in how animals make choices among possible behaviours; both at an algorithmic level and in how specific neural circuits in the brain execute the required computations. She aims to understand how does the nervous system select and sequentially execute motor programs. She focuses on how the fly’s brain coordinates movement progression using quantitative behavioural analysis, genetic perturbation of specific neurons, and imaging neural activity during grooming.

She has been invited by Matthieu Louis (CRG).