The Neurophysics of Locomotion (submodule: C. elegans locomotion in environments with different physical properties)

Summer School

  • Start: Aug 18, 2022
  • End: Aug 19, 2022
  • Speaker: Dr. Serena Ding, Group Leader Genes and Behaviour, MPI Radolfzell
  • Dr. Serena Ding, Dr. Monika Scholz (C. elegans module)
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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Locomotion is intimately connected to the substrate on or in which it occurs. A swimmer in a liquid environment with drag needs to perform different strokes to effectively move its body than a walker on a hard surface. Using the roundworm C. elegans as a model, we will explore the interaction between the nervous system, muscular contractions and different substrates of locomotion in 2D and 3D motion. By altering the physical environment that the animals move in, we will explore both locomotion patterns and the driving neural signals using behavioral tracking and calcium imaging.

Designing behavioral and calcium imaging experiments Building a custom tracking microscope for calcium imaging Behavior and posture analysis (using classical and deep-learning based tools)

Recommended for: Postdocs and advanced PhD students

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