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Sweta Agrawal

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Dr. Sweta Agrawal

Assistant Professor
School of Neuroscience

Proprioceptive sensory system

The Agrawal lab studies how sensory feedback from proprioceptive sensory neurons enables the flexible control of behavior. Proprioception, an animal’s sense of the position of its own body, is essential for almost all coordinated movement across the animal kingdom, and disorders of proprioceptive processing can lead to difficulties with balance, muscle paralysis, and impaired motor coordination and motor learning. In particular, the Agrawal lab focuses on the compact nervous system of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, which we study by using a variety of techniques, including quantitative behavior, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiology and 2-photon imaging, EM-based circuit reconstruction, comparative morphology, and computational modeling.