Developmental Neurobiology in the Drosophila Optic Lobe
Our ability to see the world around us relies on the precise pin-point mapping of visual stimuli to neurons that form well-organized circuits in the brain.
These neurons originate from a relatively restricted number of neural stem cells early in development. We are interested in how the spatial and temporal patterning of neural stem cells contributes to the generation of neural diversity and the assembly of complex circuits. As a model system we use the optic lobe of the Drosophila visual system.
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September 2022 - Congratulations to Erclik Lab PhD student Priscilla Valentino on her publication 'Spalt and Disco define the dorsal-ventral neuroepithelial compartments of the developing Drosophila medulla'. Check it out here!
July 2022 - Congratulations to Erclik Lab PhD student Ishrat Maliha Islam on her recent publication'
Imp and Syp mediated temporal patterning of neural stem cells in the developing Drosophila CNS'. Check it out here!
April 2021 - Congratulations to Erclik Lab PhD student Urfa Arain on her publication 'Dissection, Immunohistochemistry and Mounting of Larval and Adult Drosophila Brains for Optic Lobe Visualization'. Check it out here!