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Talk by Peter Soba

Title: "Of flies and men: Neuronal network development, maintenance and function"
Occasion: SFB Seminar
Host: Heiko Harten
Start: 07.07.2022 - 14:15
Location: CellNanOs 38/201 

About the speaker: Prof. Peter Soba heads the Neural Pattern Formation and Connectivity group at the LIMES Institute of the University of Bonn.

Abstract of the talk: How the nervous system develops and maintains its function is a fundamental biological question. All of our sensory systems develop very early in life and remain functional throughout adulthood. How such neuronal networks are established and process incoming sensory information is not only highly relevant for understanding brain development and function, but also the basis of several neurological disorders.

Our work is focused on the somatosensory system of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, where we have identified neuronal network mechanisms required to encode escape responses towards different noxious stimuli. We aim to understand a) how these neuronal circuits work and allow robust generation of appropriate behaviors and b) how conserved molecular signals relevant for neurodevelopmental disorders control the integrity of these functional circuits during development.