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The goal of the Neuroscience area is to understand development and function of neuronal circuits underlying behavior. We are applying different levels of analysis to study circuit function: genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit and behavioral.
The area covers many aspects of normal and pathological functions of circuits. We are focused on studying synapse and circuit formation, adult neurogenesis, as well the neural basis of behaviors that are commonly affected in emotional disorders, such as aggression, anxiety and depression.
In order to achieve these goals, both Drosophila and mice are employed as genetic animal models and a variety of experimental approaches are used: electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics, behavioral phenotyping, and diverse neuroanatomy tools.