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- Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology
- College of Natural Sciences
I am interested in how rhythmic behaviors are generated. Locomotion is a classic form of rhythmic behavior that is often studied by neuroethologists. Different forms of locomotion arise from changes in the underlying neural circuit, such as recruitment of additional neurons, changes in neuron targets or altered firing timing. C. elegans has two forms of locomotion, swimming and crawling. I am identifying which neurons comprise the neural circuit involved in locomotion and how this circuit is altered after the switch from crawl to swim. Such investigations may provide insight into human motor problems, including Parkinson’s and dystonias.