understanding the underpinnings of learning and memory.
understanding the neurophysiological basis of sleep and tiredness
The fruit fly has a relatively small yet complex enough brain and offers unrivaled genetic control and means of intervention allowing for studying neural activity at the level of single neurons.
anatomy, genetics, functional multiphoton imaging, electrophysiology, superresolution microscopy and optogenetics with behavioral approaches to identify and tackle the circuits, synapses and the molecular basis of memory and sleep. We aim at understanding the relevant computations at exactly those sites in the fly brain that are needed to express a memory.