The Nitabach lab is focused broadly on the use of genetic, physiological, and behavioral approaches to understanding the information processing principles by which neural circuits control animal behavior. Particular behaviors we are interested in include sleep, circadian rhythms, multisensory integration, and learning.
Most of our work is pursued using as model organisms Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies and Caenorhabditis elegans nematode fruit worms. Specific technical approaches employed include whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, optical imaging of membrane voltage and intracellular second messengers, cell-specific genetic targeting of biophysical and biochemical effectors, and sophisticated behavioral assays.
- July 16, 2015
We would like to welcome Pree Sareen to the lab
- February 04, 2015
We would like to welcome Dan Lajoie to the lab.
- November 04, 2014
We would like to announce Michael Kunst's new paper Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Neurons Mediate Sleep-Specific Circadian Output in Drosophila
- October 10, 2014
We would like to announce the award of a grant Synaptic Microcircuits Controlling Sleep
- August 11, 2014
Congratulations to Divya Sitaraman, who is starting her own lab this month at University of San Diego!