The goal of the lab is to understand how evolution sculpts nervous systems, giving rise to novel behaviours. Studying the evolutionary forces imposed on neural circuits can provide us with important insights into how brains work and what goes wrong in diseases.
However, we know little about the molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms by which novel sensory evoked behaviours arise.
We address these questions harnessing the rich ecological diversity found within the Drosophila species complex, and using the olfactory system as our main model circuit.
We have a multidisciplinary approach, combining a variety of methodologies including field-work, bioinformatics, electrophysiology, imaging, behavioural analysis, and genetic manipulations.