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Dr Jimena Berni

Dr Jimena Berni

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Jimena Berni is accepting applications for PhD students.

Room B23
Office Phone: 01223 (7)63189

Research Group

Neural Network Development Group:
Group Leader- Sir Henry Dale 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.


  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Drosophila genetics

Key Publications

  • J Berni (2015). Genetic dissection of a regionally differentiated network for exploratory behavior in Drosophila larvae. Current Biology, 25(10):1319-26.
  • 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

  • Picao-Osorio, J, Johnston, J., Landgraf, M., Berni, J. and Alonso, C.R. (2015). microRNA encoded behavior in DrosophilaScience 350:815-20 (published online 22 October 2015)
  • Pulver SR, Bayley TG, Taylor AL, Berni J, Bate M, Hedwig B. (2015). Imaging fictive locomotor patterns in larval DrosophilaJournal of Neurophysiology, August 26.
  • 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.