Damon Alistair Clark PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and of Physics

Research Interests

visual processing; computational neuroscience; neural circuits; Drosophila; behavior; modeling

Research Summary

We are interested in how groups of neurons work together to perform computations in the brain. We use Drosophila as a model system where we have the genetic tools to manipulate circuitry and neural activity in order to map and dissect circuit activity and function.

Selected Publications

  • Clark, D. A., Freifeld, L., Clandinin, T. R. (2013), “Mapping and cracking sensorimotor circuits in genetic model organisms” (Perspective), Neuron 78: 583-595.
  • Clark, D. A., Burztyn, L., Horowitz, M., Schnitzer, M., Clandinin T. R. (2011) “Defining the computational structure of the motion detector in Drosophila”, Neuron 70(6): 1165-1177.
  • Clark, D. A., Gabel, C. V., Gabel, H., Samuel, A. D. T. (2007) “Temporal activity patterns in thermosensory neurons of freely moving C. elegans encode spatial thermal gradients”, J. Neuroscience 27(23): 6083-6090.
  • Clark, D. A., Grant, L. C. (2005) “The bacterial chemotactic response reflects a compromise between transient and steady state behavior”, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 102(26): 9150-9155.

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