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New master student at DANDRITE

Nicolai Glud started as a master student in Duda Kvitsiani's group per 29 October 2015. The scope of his project is to develop statistical models for movement behaviour in the common fruit fly. Experimental data is gathered from a setup where the flies are confined to "arenas" where they are "rewarded" with a short light pulse whenever they reach a certain trigger. The Optical stimulation delivers rewards by activating sugar receptor neurons expressing light sensitive neuronal actuators like ChannelRhodopsin2 molecule. The hypothesis of the project is that the behaviour of the fruit flies is influenced by the reward. Quantitative models will be made that will differentiate flies behaviour in light stimulated vs non-stimulated trials.