Neural Dynamics of Behavior

Our lab seeks to understand how patterns of neural activity generate animal behavior. In particular, we study the model organism C. elegans, a microscopic worm with a simple nervous system capable of rich behaviors. We have pioneered optogenetic microscopy techniques to optically manipulate and monitor populations of neurons in an animal as it moves. Read more »

Andrew Leifer

Assistant Professor


My research combines techniques from neuroscience, physics, engineering and computer science to study the dynamics of neural circuits in awake moving organisms. We are part of the Department of Physics and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and are currently located in the inter-disciplinary Carl Icahn Laboratory.

Whole-brain imaging paper, Ngyuen et. al, is published in PNAS and featured in this commentary.