Behavioural Genetics

In this research line we take advantage of the Drosophila melanogansterpowerful genetic tools in order to dissect the neuronal components governing different behavioral outputs.

In particular we are interested on the study of the neural centers involved in the control of different rhythmic behaviors (such as oviposition, locomotor activity) at the molecular and circuital levels. Our objective is to determine the relevance / hierarchy of the different neuronal groups that constitutes the central oscillator in the control of these behaviors. Working with flies has the great advantage that genetic tools can be used to identify and manipulate the relevant neurons and circuits in the brain. Experimentally, we are approaching these questions with a diverse set of techniques that includes, high-resolution neuroanatomy, analysis of behavioral outputs and optogenetics. 

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