While the lateral horn (LH) of the insect brain has been identified as an important region for innate olfactory responses, relatively little is known about its organisation at a cellular level. Thanks to a new electron microscopy volume of a full adult Drosophila brain (produced by the Bock lab at Janelia Research Campus), we can investigate the circuit organisation of the LH with synaptic-level resolution.
My project focuses on the convergence of aversive olfactory signals in the LH. By identifying third-order neurons involved in these circuits, we hope to learn more about the organising principles of the LH and how odour information is processed to drive behaviour.
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