Welcome to the Ramdya Lab
1) Identify how biological neural circuits control behavior and use these concepts to build better robots
2) Determine how biological neural circuits can be genetically engineered to synthesize and alter behavior
We pursue this work using the insect, Drosophila melanogaster. Flies generate complex behaviors using six limbs and wings, have numerically small nervous systems, and are easily genetically modified.
In our studies, we use functional imaging, electrophysiology, behavioral tracking, genetic manipulations, computational modeling, and robotics.
17-11-22: The lab was awarded an SV iPhD grant for Deep Learning in Neuroscience