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Research Group
Neurogenetic basis of behavior
Unit Unit Cellular and Systems Neurobiology »

Principal Investigator Master Students
Research Fields
Our group aims to understand how behaviors emerge from the combinatorial activity of neural networks. We focus on the study of sensory integration and decision-making processes using as a model the gustatory system of Drosophila melanogaster, due to its accessibility to image, manipulate genetically and ease to study its behavioural output. The laboratory uses a mix of neural tracing techniques, in vivo calcium imaging, immunohistochemistry and behaviour analysis to decipher how genes and neurons shape animal behavior.

Representative Publications

Sánchez-Alcañiz JA , Silbering A, Croset V, Zappia G, Sivasubramaniam AK, Abuin L, Sahai SY, Auer TO, Cruchet S, Neagu-Maier L, Sprecher SG, Yapici N and Benton R. " An expression atlas of chemosensory ionotropic glutamate receptors identifies a molecular basis of carbonation detection. " Nature Communications . 9,984 , - DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06453-1 ( 2018 )

Sánchez-Alcañiz JA , Zappia G, Marion-Poll F and Benton R. " A mechanosensory receptor required for food texture detection in Drosophila. " Nature Communications . 8, 14192 , - DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14192 ( 2017 )

Bartolini G* , Sánchez-Alcañiz JA*, Osorio C, Valiente M, García-Frigola C, Marín O. " Neuregulin 3 mediates cortical plate invasion and laminar allocation of GABAergic interneurons. " Cell reports . 18 , 1 - 14 DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.12.089 ( 2017 )

Sánchez-Alcañiz JA , Haege S, Mueller W, Pla R, Mackay F, Schulz S, López-Bendito G, Stumm R and Marin O. " Cxcr7 controls neuronal migration by regulating chemokine responsiveness. " Neuron . 69(1) , 77 - 90 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2010.12.006 ( 2011 )

López-Bendito G* , Sánchez-Alcañiz JA*, Pla R*, Borrel V, Pico E, Valdeolmillos M and Marin O. " Chemokine signaling controls intracortical migration and final distribution of GABAergic interneurons. " Journal of Neuroscience . 28 , 1613 - 24 DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4651-07.2008 ( 2008 )
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