Fields of expertise
dynamical on networks – animal behaviour – collective behaviour – computational neuroscience
Networks and dynamics are fundamental building blocks of living systems. My general research interest lies in understanding how networks shape the evolution of dynamics that take place on them. Because the structure of the network leaves an imprint on the dynamics, we can use the dynamics to study the network itself. Likewise, networks can be designed specifically to facilitate or hinder the propagation of dynamical processes.
In the context of neuroscience, I currently wish to understand how the structure of neuronal networks determines the possible animal behaviours that they can generate. This is a fundamental question towards understanding how neural circuits control action selection among a spectrum of behaviours. I study this in the model system of Drosophila melanogaster, in which relatively few “descending” input neurons mediate the activity of the neural circuit controlling the leg movement.