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    • Asymmetric neurotransmitter release enables rapid odor lateralization in Drosophila 

      Gaudry, Quentin; Hong, Elizabeth J.; Kain, Jamey; de Bivort, Benjamin L.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2012)
      In Drosophila, most individual olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) project bilaterally to both sides of the brain1,2. Having bilateral rather than unilateral projections may represent a useful redundancy. However, bilateral ...
    • Connectivity and computations in higher-order olfactory neurons in Drosophila 

      Fisek, Mehmet (2014-06-06)
      Understanding how odors are encoded in the brain is of fundamental importance to neurobiology. The first two stages of olfactory information processing have been relatively well studied in both vertebrates and invertebrates. ...
    • Dissecting Olfactory Circuits in Drosophila 

      Liu, Wendy Wing-Heng (2014-06-06)
      Drosophila is a simple and genetically tractable model system for studying neural circuits. This dissertation consists of two studies, with the broad goal of understanding sensory processing in neural circuits using ...
    • Leg-tracking and automated behavioural classification in Drosophila 

      Kain, Jamey; Stokes, Chris; Gaudry, Quentin; Song, Xiangzhi; Foley, James; Wilson, Rachel; de Bivort, Benjamin (Nature Pub. Group, 2013)
      Much remains unknown about how the nervous system of an animal generates behaviour, and even less is known about the evolution of behaviour. How does evolution alter existing behaviours or invent novel ones? Progress in ...
    • Olfactory Transduction and Taste Processing in Drosophila 

      Zhou, Yi (2013-01-02)
      We completed two separate studies examining chemosensation in Drosophila. The first study investigated taste processing. It was our aim in this study to identify and characterize higher-order gustatory neurons. Our strategy ...
    • The Role of TRP Channels in Auditory Transduction and Amplification in Drosophila 

      Lehnert, Brendan Peltonen (2012-10-22)
      Auditory receptor cells rely on force-gated channels to transform sound stimuli into neural activity. These primary auditory neurons form the first stage of the neural circuits that support a host of higher-order functions, ...
    • Roles of Retinal Circuits in the Innate Visual Behaviors of Mice 

      Yilmaz Balban, Melis (2015-05-01)
      Much of brain science is concerned with understanding the neural circuits that underlie specific behaviors. While the mouse has become a favorite experimental subject, the behaviors of this species are still poorly explored, ...
    • Sensorimotor Experience Remaps Visual Input to a Heading-Direction Network 

      Lu, Jenny; Fisher, Yvette; D’Alessandro, Isabel; Wilson, Rachel (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2019-11-20)
      We can maintain some sense of direction in the dark by keeping track of our own movements, but when visual landmarks are available, our sense of direction is more accurate and stable. Moreover, we can learn new landmarks ...
    • Synaptic and circuit mechanisms promoting broadband transmission of olfactory stimulus dynamics 

      Nagel, Katherine I.; Hong, Elizabeth J.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2014)
      Sensory stimuli fluctuate on many timescales. However, short-term plasticity causes synapses to act as temporal filters, limiting the range of frequencies they can transmit. How synapses in vivo might transmit a range of ...