I examine visuomotor behaviors in larval zebrafish to understand how the brain selects an appropriate motor action in response to a particular stimulus. For example, when a fish makes the decision to move towards an object, or instead to move away from an object, the brain may use distinct neural pathways from the retina to the spinal cord to execute the approach versus avoidance motor programs. By contrast, it is also possible that there is overlap in the neural pathways for different visuomotor behaviors. My aim is to untangle visuomotor pathways in zebrafish using techniques such as virtual reality, quantitative behavioral analysis, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, as well as optogentic perturbation of individual neurons and networks.
University of Arizona, BS, Mathematics
University of Chicago, PhD, Computational Neuroscience
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