Bio-X SIGF Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2010
Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Mark Horowitz (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science), Thomas Clandinin (Neurobiology), and Mark Schnitzer (Biological Sciences, Applied Physics)

Research Title: How do we see? Understanding vision by imaging neural activity

Research Description: How do neural circuits process sensory information and perform the computations required to drive behavior? How do specific neurons in the fly brain extract visual information, and what algorithms do they implement to drive its behavior? Using in vivo imaging to record neural activity and statistical modeling to quantify behavioral responses in wild-type and genetically modified flies, Limor aimed to resolve how different components of neural circuits gradually transform visual input into behavioral output. By focusing on a model organism, the fruit fly, she hoped to gain insight into the general mechanisms of neural computation relevant even to humans.


Limor is a senior lecturer (a position equivalent to assistant professor) at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.