Reconstruction of the circuits involved in olfactory learning and memory in the adult fly
The Wellcome Trust has made a £3.25M award to the Department of Zoology to support Drosophila connectomics. This will be delivered in collaboration with co-applicants from HHMI Janelia Research Campus in the US, the MRC LMB in Cambridge and the University of Oxford Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. The project aims to reconstruct neurons and their connections from a recently completed whole brain electron microscopy volume of the adult fly brain obtained at at Janelia. The goal is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the neural circuits basis of memory storage and retrieval. Zoology will host about 8 team members who will carry out computer-assisted neuronal reconstruction and data analysis. They will interact closely with a similar team in the US as well as experimental groups in Oxford and Cambridge.