Julie Simpson

Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Phone: 
805-893-5770
Email: 
jhsimpson@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Research

How does the brain control behavior?  We study the neural circuits that organize a flexible sequence of movements that remove dust from fruit flies.  Drosophila grooming behavior is a rich model for understanding how sensory inputs modify motor programs.  We use approaches from genetics, optogenetics, neuroethology and machine vision, and functional imaging of neural activity to decipher the logic and implementation of behavior sequences.