Equipment & Techniques
My research takes advantage of unique animals and their evolutionary innovations to understand fundamental principles of nervous systems.. During my PhD I worked with the ctenophore Pleurobrachia pileus and now during my Postdoc I am working with the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and the cephalopod Octopus vulgaris. My current research focuses of a synaptically localised receptor known as a cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel. These receptors are essential for fast neurotransmission and behavioural coordination in animals. I am striving to gain a broader understanding into the functional diversity of these receptors across the animal kingdom and explore the role they play in controlling behaviours. My work will lead to a deeper understanding into the evolution of nervous systems and basic principles of neural function.