Tomoko Ohyama

Department: 19700 Helix Drive
Start Year: 2015
Starting Institution: Janelia Research Campus
Current Institution: Janelia Research Campus
Project Title: Computation of a command-like neuron in Drosophila larvae during multisensory integration.

To adapt successfully to the environment, animals must execute the most appropriate action in a given circumstance from among many potential behavioral options. A key feature of neurons and central nervous systems is their capacity for performing multisensory computations to select the proper actions. The aim of my project at the Grass Fellowship is to clarify how individual neurons work together to accomplish such computations within the neural circuitry that controls a well-defined larval Drosophila escape behavior.