Analysis and synthesis of C. elegans brain circuitry
Our lab studies basic principles of brain operation, with special emphasis on the role of synaptic connectivity on local and global brain function. We apply two main approaches in our investigations. (1) We examine the foundations of basic brain functions using the compact brain of C. elegans. In this way we can simplify complex questions about the brain and potentially trace down the origins of elaborate brain operations. (2) We genetically synthesize new synaptic connections in C. elegans neural circuits, with the aim of ultimately engineering entire brain circuits. This synthetic biology approach, applied to a whole animal, provides deep insights into the causative links between neuronal connectivity and brain function.
Start Lab in 2017