Neural Circuit dynamics &
Behaviour





Neuroethology refers to the study of animal behaviour and
its underlying neuronal mechanisms. Aiming to unravel
how the nervous system processes cognitive functions and
controls animal behaviour, the laboratory uses the zebrafish
larva as the experimental model and a multidisciplinary
approach, including two-photon calcium imaging and
light-sheet microscopy (SPIM) to monitor the dynamics of
large neuronal networks and even the whole brain,
behavioural essays, optogenetics to monitor and manipulate
the activity of specific neurons or entire circuits, and mathematical
methods for the analysis of high-dimensional large datasets.
It is the combination of disciplines, and the use of an intact
behaving animal model that enables deciphering complex
neuroethological questions such as perception of time,
decision making, sensory perception, and the functional role
of the brain's intrinsic dynamics.