Pelin Volkan, Ph.D., PI
We study the developmental processes that establish the basic organizational and functional principles of the neuronal circuits in the brain. We investigate how the neuronal circuits assemble, functionally mature, and remodel along developmental and evolutionary time scales. We apply molecular, developmental and systems level approaches in the olfactory system of the genetically tractable Drosophila melanogaster.
The long term goal of the lab is to understand molecular mechanisms governing sensory neural circuit assembly and how circuit morphology regulates behavioral outputs to sensory stimuli. We use the Drosophila olfactory system to elucidate these mechanisms.