Fellows' Presentation

Decoding the Motor System

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

How do animals generate distinct patterns of movement? Mei Zhen’s goal during her fellowship is to determine precisely how each neuron—and its connection with other cells—contributes to each motor pattern. She is working on the reconstruction of a developing animal’s nervous system at nanometer resolution by electron microscopy. By assessing the effect of perturbing the activity of each component of the nervous system, she hopes to determine precisely how each neuron functionally contributes.