2014. University of Crete. PhD.
In Drosophila, the medulla part of the optic lobes receives direct color and polarized light information from the R7 and R8 photoreceptors as well as indirect motion information from lamina neurons. 40,000 neurons of ~70 different types are processing this information. Expression of the transcription factors that drive this complexity is precisely regulated, spatially and temporally. To understand the role of each transcription factor in determining the characteristics of each of these diverse neurons, I am interested in collecting expression data from many different neuronal types in order to develop a model that correlates the expression of transcription factors with terminal differentiation characters. In the long term, I would like to understand how the formation of complex organs, such as the brain, has evolved over time.
European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) – Current