Genes - Circuits - Behavior
All sensory perception and every coordinated movement, as well as feelings, memories and motivation, arise from the bustling activity of many millions of interconnected cells in the CNS. The ultimate function of this elaborate network is to generate behavior. The goal of our research is to understand how animal brains integrate the information about sensory inputs and internal state into behavioral responses. We use zebrafish as our experimental model, employing a diverse array of methods. Our approaches take advantage of the feature that zebrafish larvae are optically transparent and genetically accessible. The goal of our research is to understand how neuronal circuits convert sensory inputs into behavioral responses.