Molecular and Genetic Dissection of Neuronal networks for insect behavior
|Director of thesis||Prof. Simon Sprecher|
|Co-director of thesis|
|Summary of thesis||
The complex human visual system allow us to perceive the external world
by translating light into neuronal encoded information.
Light is perceived by photoreceptor neurons in the eye and transmitted
to first order interneurons in the brain.
Central and fundamental questions in neurobiology revolve around the
the nervous system. The analysis of the central nervous system of the
fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster impacts our understanding of the
Though much is known about the development of the adult
visual system, very little is known about the much simpler larval
Deciphering such neural circuitry will be the main aim of my thesis
project. I will be investigating at the morphology and anatomy of the
visual neurons at higher resolution by using flip out techniques thereby
resolving their properties. Further I will delineate pre- versus
structures using genetic labeling. Functional aspects will be addressed
by calcium imaging analysis using genetically encoded calcium sensors.
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