Duración del proyecto: 
De Mar 2013 hasta Dic 2014

In collaboration with: Will Ryu (University of Toronto, Canada) and Ilya Nemenman (Emory University, Atlanta, USA).


A dream of systems biology and neuroscience is to understand how molecules, neurons, and networks, produce behavior at the holistic level. While most such work has been done from a reductionist perspective, we propose to take a holistic and much more integrative approach to study the adaptive movement strategies of a roundworm C. elegansin response to a range of spatiotemporal sensory inputs. Our interdisciplinary team will comprehensively study and model the thermal information processing system and motor control underlying the adaptive movement strategies of C. elegans.

Our work will focus on answering questions such as: How do physical and statistical properties of the environment affect the worm behavior? Is the worm optimal in utilizing available information? Can the worm’s searching patterns be predicted using principles of optimized search with appropriate physical constraints?

  • Representació de la tipologia i quantitat de moviments efectuats pel C.elegans en l’estudi