John Tuthill


University of Washington, 

Biophysical and Computational Biology


Neural mechanisms of sensorimotor processing in Drosophila

Faculty Contact Information

Building: Health Sciences Building Room: H-320 Phone: 206-543-0986 http://tuthill.casa/

Lab Information

Location: University of Washington Building: Health Sciences Building Room: H-321 Box: 35790 Phone: 206-543-0986 http://faculty.washington.edu/tuthill/

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Research Summary

We study neural mechanisms of sensorimotor processing in the compact nervous system of the nimble fruit fly, Drosophila. As a fly cruises through the world, her brain gathers sensory information from the external environment, which is transformed in the central nervous system, and subsequently used to guide movement and behavior. We are interested in how the nervous system implements each stage of this process— sensory coding, central integration, and motor control. To this end, we combine genetic tools with electrophysiology and 2-photon imaging to record neural activity in behaving flies.