Physiology and Biophysics

December 19, 2017

PBIO seminar CANCELED for Michael Reiser

March 19, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am


“Motion vision in Drosophila: from single neuron computation to behavior”

Michael Reiser, PhD, Senior Group Leader, Janelia Research

Abstract: How nervous systems control behavior is the main question we seek to answer in neuroscience. Although visual systems have been a popular entry point into the brain, we don’t understand—in any deep sense—how visual perception guides navigation in flies (or any organism). I will present recent progress towards this goal from our lab. We are using  anatomical insights from connectomics, genetic methods for labelling and manipulating identified cell types, neurophysiology, behavior, and computational modeling to explain how the fly brain processes visual motion to regulate behavior.

host: John Tuthill