Matheson Neurobiology Group
Research carried out in our laboratory asks how adaptability (plasticity) in the nervous system tailors the behaviours of animals to their changing environment.
Our main approach is to combine electrophysiological recording techniques with quantitative behavioural analyses in insects while they carry out their natural movements. We collaborate with engineers to model the limb movements and to develop innovative signal processing techniques. We work with mathematicians and statisticians to develop cutting edge data analysis and management tools, which are commercialised through a spinout company, Openbrain Ltd.
We are presently working on two main projects:
We are characterising neuronal pathways involved in the change of solitary locusts into their swarm-forming gregarious phase.
Further details of our research are available here.