EXROP Projects: Cornelia I. Bargmann

Cornelia I. Bargmann

Summary

How do genes, the brain, experience, and the environment interact to generate an individual’s unique behaviors? On the one hand, many behaviors are innate, which suggests an underlying genetic template; on the other hand, behavior is highly flexible and modified by the environment, learning, motivation, and context. Using the simple animal Caenorhabditis elegans, Cornelia Bargmann’s lab asks how neural circuits of the brain integrate these different kinds of information to produce flexible behaviors.

Summer Lab Size: 5
Program Dates: June 4-August 10, 2012 (Dates for 2013 will be similar)

Scientist Profile

Investigator
The Rockefeller University
Genetics, Neuroscience