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Behavioural Neurogenetics Lab
Our lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila to unravel the mechanisms
underlying behavioural choices
'Decision making has all the secrets of everything: who we are,
what we do, how we navigate the world.' David Eagleman
Animals must make crucial behavioural choices on a minute by minute basis to survive in a changing environment. A long-standing enigma is, how are alternative options evaluated in the brain and specific actions prioritised? Our lab addresses this fascinating question using the fruit fly model, Drosophila, where the neurons are easy to observe and manipulate. By studying how the brain makes decisions at a genetic, cellular and circuit level, in an accessible experimental system, we aim to reveal fundamental principles underlying behavioural choices that might be present across species.