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Dr Jimena Berni

Dr Jimena Berni

Research Fellow

University Strategic Support Fund

Room B27/B24A
Office Phone: 01223 (3)36635 or (7)62978

Research Group

Neural Network Development Group:
Research Fellow

Research Interests

My research is focused in the general area of developmental neuroscience.

I investigate the relation between neuronal circuits and behaviour with an emphasis on the diversification of circuits and the role of genes in specifying different neuronal networks and their assembly during development.

Key Publications

  • J Gjorgjieva, J Berni, JF Evers, S Eglen (2013). Neural Circuits for Peristaltic Wave Propagation in Crawling Drosophila Larvae: Analysis and Modeling. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7(art.4):1-19
  • Berni J, Pulver SR, Griffith LC and Bate M. (2012). Autonomous circuit for substrate exploration in freely moving Drosophila larva. Current Biology, 22:1861-1870
  • Depetris-Chauvin A*, Berni J*, Aranovich EJ*, Muraro NI, Beckwith EJ, Ceriani MF. (2011). Adult-specific electrical silencing of pacemaker neurons uncouples molecular clock from circadian outputs. Current Biology, 21(21):1783-93. *equal contribution


Other Publications

  • Pulver SR and Berni J. (2012). The fundamentals of flying: simple and inexpensive strategies for employing Drosophila genetics in neuroscience teaching laboratories. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Fall 2012, 11(1):A139-A148
  • Berni J, Mudal A, Pulver SR. (2010). Using the warmth-gated ion channel TRPA1 to study the neural basis of behavior in Drosophila. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Spring, 9(1):A5-A14
  • Fernández MP, Berni J, Ceriani MF. (2008). Circadian remodeling of neuronal circuits involved in rhythmic behavior. PLOS Biology, 6(3):e69.
  • Rezával C, Berni J, Gorostiza EA, Werbajh S, Fagilde MM, Fernández MP, Beckwith EJ, Aranovich EJ, Sabio y García CA, Ceriani MF. (2008). A functional misexpression screen uncovers a role for enabled in progressive neurodegeneration. PLOS One, 3(10):e3332.
  • Berni J, Beckwith EJ, Fernández MP, Ceriani MF. (2008). A roundabout mutation alters the pace of the circadian Clock in Drosophila. European Journal of neuroscience, 27(2): 396-407.