Reacting appropriately to visual cues that indicate something dangerous or interesting is essential for survival. My aim is to understand how the brain is wired to achieve this translation of a visual stimulus into an appropriate behavioral reaction.
I use viral tools to label brain circuits that range from the retina to behaviorally relevant deeper brain nuclei. By measuring the anatomy and physiology of the different cell types that are part of such pathways, I can identify and compare the aspects of the visual world that they transmit. Recently, I have started investigating how these pathways evolved differently in distinct species to allow them to react with a different behavior to the same visual stimulus.
|since 2016||Postdoc at NERF|
|2016||PhD in Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Germany|
|2011||MSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland|
|2009||BSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland|