05 Seminars
Dissecting rhythmic
behaviors in a worm
Christopher Fang-Yen
University of Pennsylvania
Our laboratory aims to understand how neural circuits create behavior, using the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model. Experimental advantages of this 1-mm-long nematode include a compact, well-mapped nervous system, genetic manipulability, and optical transparency. We have developed optical methods for monitoring and perturbing neural circuits and behavior with single-cell resolution. We describe our efforts to apply these and other tools to understand two rhythmic behaviours, locomotion and feeding.
Last updated: February 25, 2015