Nathan Klapoetke, Ph.D.
Janelia Research Campus
Nervous systems combine lower-level sensory signals to generate higher-order representations for guiding natural and voluntary behaviors. In this talk, I describe my research on how looming is encoded by the visual system to enable flies to identify and escape threats. I will also discuss how the fly visual system is able to compute object shapes and motion in general, and how the underlying neuronal architecture can support a broad range of visually guided natural behaviors.