Research Focus: 
Animal behavior
Muscle-body dynamics

My research group studies how animal behavior emerges from the complex interaction between the animal's nervous system, its muscle-body dynamics and its environment. We use fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) as our model organism because they perform many complex behaviors with a relatively simple brain, and because of the many genetic tools that are available in the flies. We employ a multi-pronged approach which includes in vivo whole-cell patch clamp recordings, quantitative measurement of behavior, functional imaging, biomechanics and computation.