Animals make state-dependent decisions by integrating sensory cues and internal motivational drives in the nervous system. Our lab is specifically interested in understanding how state dependent decisions are regulated. We use a genetically tractable model organism, the fly (Drosophila melanogaster), to understand the fundamental principles of how motivational states regulate food intake decisions on the level of molecules, cells and circuits. Our lab uses techniques ranging from high resolution quantitative measurements of behavior, functional imaging, neural tracing and genetics.
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS
Yapici Lab welcomes potential graduate students interested in carrying out thesis work in our lab. Please first apply to Cornell’s Ph.D. program in Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B). Once you are invited to interview, you can discuss with Nilay potential thesis projects.
If you are an undergraduate student who wishes to gain research experience in a neuroscience lab, please email Nilay Yapici, a complete CV and your research interests including what you would like to accomplish in our lab and what your future goals are.