Faculty mentor: Sophie Caron
Multisensory integration (MI) is a process by which brains integrate sensory information into a comprehensive picture of their environment. For the study of this, I used a brain area known as the mushroom body of D. melanogaster as a model. We characterized the connection of neurons from multiple sensory modalities using a technique known as GFP reconstitution across synaptic partners (GRASP). With knowledge of the patterns underlying MI, this logic could be applied to more complex brains.
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