Eva Naumann, PhD, PI
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative
Contact Information
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Naumann Lab


University of Konstanz, MSc, Biology

Harvard University/Ludwig Maximillian University, Ph.D., Neurobiology

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University Center for Brain Sciences

The Naumann lab’s goal is to understand how neural circuits across the entire brain guide behavior and how individuality manifests within these circuits. To dissect such circuits, we use the genetically accessible, translucent zebrafish to map, monitor, and manipulate neuronal activity. By combining whole-brain imaging, behavioral analysis, functional perturbations, neuroanatomy, we aim to generate brain-scale circuit models of simple behaviors in individual brains. 

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Naumann Publications

Loring, Matthew D., Eric E. Thomson, and Eva A. Naumann. “Whole-brain interactions underlying zebrafish behavior.” Curr Opin Neurobiol 65 (December 2020): 88–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2020.09.011.

Harfouche, M., T. W. Dunn, E. A. Naumann, and R. Horstmeyer. “Imaging the behavior and neural activity of freely moving organisms with a gigapixel microscope.” In Optics Infobase Conference Papers, Vol. Part F169-BRAIN 2019, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1364/BRAIN.2019.BT3A.3.

Naumann, Eva A., James E. Fitzgerald, Timothy W. Dunn, Jason Rihel, Haim Sompolinsky, and Florian Engert. “From Whole-Brain Data to Functional Circuit Models: The Zebrafish Optomotor Response.” Cell 167, no. 4 (November 3, 2016): 947-960.e20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.10.019.

Dunn, Timothy W., Yu Mu, Sujatha Narayan, Owen Randlett, Eva A. Naumann, Chao-Tsung Yang, Alexander F. Schier, Jeremy Freeman, Florian Engert, and Misha B. Ahrens. “Brain-wide mapping of neural activity controlling zebrafish exploratory locomotion.” Elife 5 (March 22, 2016): e12741. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.12741.

Dunn, Timothy W., Christoph Gebhardt, Eva A. Naumann, Clemens Riegler, Misha B. Ahrens, Florian Engert, and Filippo Del Bene. “Neural Circuits Underlying Visually Evoked Escapes in Larval Zebrafish.” Neuron 89, no. 3 (February 3, 2016): 613–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.021.

Randlett, Owen, Caroline L. Wee, Eva A. Naumann, Onyeka Nnaemeka, David Schoppik, James E. Fitzgerald, Ruben Portugues, et al. “Whole-brain activity mapping onto a zebrafish brain atlas.” Nat Methods 12, no. 11 (November 2015): 1039–46. https://doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.3581.

Naumann, Eva A., Adam R. Kampff, David A. Prober, Alexander F. Schier, and Florian Engert. “Monitoring neural activity with bioluminescence during natural behavior.” Nat Neurosci 13, no. 4 (April 2010): 513–20. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.2518.

Naumann, E. A. “Illuminating the neural circuitry underlying larval zebrafish behavior,” n.d.