• Andrew Leifer
    Andrew Leifer Lewis Sigler Fellow

    Associate Research Scholar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Lecturer in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

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    Research: Optical neurophysiology of behavior
    170 Carl Icahn Laboratory


    Dr. Leifer studies how a small number of neurons in a simple nervous system can encode complex behaviors. To understand the interplay between neural activity and behavior, it is critical to work in an awake animal that is free to move and interact with its environment. Dr. Leifer has pioneered optogenetic microscopy techniques to manipulate and monitor neural activity, with cellular resolution, in freely moving nematodes(worms) called C. elegans. The Leifer group uses these tools to study how patterns of activity in the nematode neural network drive locomotion, navigation, timing and sensation.