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Drosophila Connectomics

 

 Some of the neurons traced by our group

 

Our group is working towards building the connectome of the adult fly brain, in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the neural circuit basis of memory storage and retrieval. We're part of an international collaboration with HHMI Janelia Research Campus in the US, the MRC LMB in Cambridge and the University of Oxford Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, funded by the Wellcome.  We're reconstructing the neural circuits using an electron microscopy volume of a whole female adult fly brain, generated at Janelia (Zheng et al., 2018).

Zoology hosts 10 team members who are carrying out computer-assisted neuronal reconstruction and data analysis. They interact closely with a similar team in the US as well as experimental groups in Oxford and Cambridge.

For more details of our work see the Research page. Our team also has a blog dedicated to connectomics and our research projects. Apart from research, see here for what else we've been up to. 

If you're interested in our work, and would like to contribute, see here what opportunities are currently available.