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Bhandawat Laboratory

Bhandawat Lab

We study how animal behavior emerges from the complex interaction amongst the animal's nervous systems, their muscle-body dynamics and their environment.

We use fruitflies (Drosophila melanogaster) as our model organism because they perform many complex behaviors with a relatively simple brain, and because of the many genetic tools that are available in the flies.

We employ a multi-pronged approach which includes in vivo whole-cell patch clamp recordings, imaging, quantitative measurement of behavior, biomechanics, and computation.


Bhandawat Laboratory

Vikas Bhandawat, PhD

Principal Investigator

Vikas Bhandawat, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Office: Bossone 602
Phone: 215.895.1959

Research Interests

Sensorimotor integration, whole-cell patch clamp and imaging in behaving animals, optogenetics, neuromechanics, locomotion.