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EMBO Associate Member

Claude Desplan

New York University (NYU), New York City | United States

EMBO 2008

Generation of neural diversity

We work on the neural basis of color vision in Drosophila. We have described how stochastic decisions, a transcription factor network and a tumor suppressor pathway contribute to the diversification of photoreceptors. We also study how neuronal diversity in the optic lobes that process visual information is generated by a temporal sequence of transcription factors in neural stem cells and by spatial patterning.

Keywords: Drosophila / vision / evo-devo / visual system / development

Subject area(s): Chromatin & Transcription | Development | Neuroscience