Jaksic Lab – Experimental Evolutionary Neurobiology

“Electron microscopy image of a Drosophila head (by Martin Helmstaedter) overlaid with an image of Drosophila brain and dopaminergic neurons (by Ana Marija Jaksic), and a schematic of the mushroom body manipulated by two robotic arms.”

Why did cognition evolve? So far, this important question has been addressed through the inference from past evolutionary events, processes, and outcomes. Our mission is to shift the focus on experimental exploration of the evolutionary basis of the cognitive brain. Using experimental evolution, we will force and track the genetic and phenotypic evolution of cognitive traits in real-time. We aim to map the genetic variation that contributes to cognition and cognition-related traits by screening and selecting the vast genetic and phenotypic diversity of Drosophila melanogaster.

We are recruiting!

Jaksic Lab is looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in genetics, evolutionary biology, and/or neuroscience! Keep an eye out on EPFL Neuroscience and Molecular Life Sciences PhD programs, we will be posting a new open project shortly. Apply to join our small but fun and ambitious crew focused on solving the mysteries of brain evolution! The next application deadline is November 1st 2020. Informal inquiries to [email protected] are welcome!