Joanna Young

Dr. Joanna Young


Contact details:

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation
School of Informatics
Rm G14, Informatics Forum,
10 Crichton Street,
Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.
Tel: ++44 (0) 131 650 2866

I am involved in a range of projects in the lab and on the computer. For the last six years I have been using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model system to study various behaviours including locomotion, learning and memory. I am particularly interested in the structure and function of a brain region called the central complex (CX), that is conserved across several insect species.

My interests also include informatics, particularly databases for storing neuroanatomy image data and libraries of genetics tools for use in the biological sciences. I am currently involved in an EPSRC funded project investigating insect inspired robotic control architectures.

In addition to my academic research, I take an interest in science communication, web development and digital media and am in the process of learning new programming languages.

Latest news

Paper published: Elemental and non-elemental olfactory learning in Drosophila. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory.

Virtual Fly Brain launched! The virtual fly brain interactive query engine for the Drosophila brain is now open for business. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

Paper published: A model of non-elemental olfactory learning in Drosophila. J Computational Neuroscience

Paper published: Dietary salt levels affect salt preference and learning in larval Drosophila. PLoS One

Encouraging number of citations for our central complex papers from 2010!