Research in the Dickerson lab is at the interface of neurobiology, biomechanics, and behavior and seeks to understand how locomotor output is structured by precise sensory input. We study this question in the fruit fly, Drosophila, focusing on the functional organization of its flight control circuitry.
We combine the powerful genetic tools available for labeling and manipulating neural circuits with cutting-edge imaging in awake, behaving animals. Ultimately, we seek to deepen our understanding of the evolution of insect flight as well as highlight the tremendous importance of timing in the context of locomotion.
Our work is funded by the NSF, the Searle Scholars Program, and a McKnight Scholars Award.