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 have been commercialised through a spinout company, Openbrain Ltd.


We are presently working on two main projects:

  • We are examining biomechanics and neuronal control of aimed limb movements in locusts.
  • 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.

    The web pages of our former data analysis company, Openbrain Ltd can be found here. The company was dissolved in 2017 to permit the Director to move on to other commercial interests.

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