Pankratz lab

Molecular Brain Physiology and Behavior
Prof. Michael Pankratz

Welcome at Molecular Brain Physiology and Behavior

Our lab is studying how the brain controls behavior and metabolism, using Drosophila as a model organism. We are focusing on the neural circuits that mediate feeding behavior, and internal metabolic and external sensory factors that modulate feeding motor programs.  A combination of genetic, behavioral, imaging and electrophysiological tools are being used to identify the feeding neural circuitry and to elucidate the central mechanisms by which specific motor programs are selected to achieve meaningful behavior.