Optical Neurophysiology of Behavior

Our lab seeks to understand how neural circuits encode complex 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 neural activity in worms as they move. Read more »

Andrew Leifer

Principal Investigator


My research combines techniques from neuroscience, physics, engineering and computer science to study the dynamics of neural circuits in awake moving organisms. We are located at the inter-disciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.