Yoked experiments analysis

on Monday, February 13th, 2017 2:47 | by

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Modelling linearly the effect of the DANs on valence/speed and other metrics

on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 12:26 | by

So this first picture shows graphically how I get the valences contributions for each of the dopaminergic clusters. On the Y-axis you see the lines I used for the modelling and on the x-axis the clusters. This is the expression pattern for all the drivers (split G4 and the dirtier G4s). I also made this expression pattern binary, to avoid the errors I could add by trying to estimate the expression intensity from the literature.


Here below are the results I obtained for one of the metrics. I wont explain to much here because the main result I see is that the results change drastically upon changes in the model. This tells me that there is something wrong there. Since making the expression table binary or weighted, or using a subset of the G4s used should not give me so random values for the dopaminergic clusters.


With this, I am quite stuck and do not know what to do next. Results seem not to show that much. Considering planning another experiment while there is time or continuing analyizing. Comments please!

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Screen results

on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 5:50 | by

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Screen start

on Monday, August 1st, 2016 3:46 | by

Hi guys,

How are you?  Quick update: I did manage to get the speed reinforcement to work. Thus, I will start the screen this week!

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on Friday, July 1st, 2016 10:33 | by


This is the same experiment as I previously showed of Gr66a>Chrimson (ATR). The only difference is that the light was on for the whole experiment, so that the flies could see the light before the entered the arm. Previously the light switched on once the fly went into the arm. The phenotype is much stronger (there is some classical component in it). I was trying to reinforce left or right turns but it does not seem to work after a bit trying out. It makes sense ecologically I think, that the right or left turns are not coupled to the reinforcement systems. I also have been thinking about the CS-US relation bitter taste-turn directions does not make sense ecologically, but maybe if instead of bitter, I apply pain or heat …it could work. I was thinking of reinforcing orientation as well as a speed threshold, or any other variants. What do you think? I would appreciate some ideas. Since I want to make sure about what am I measuring: operant/place/classical…

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My update from de Bivorts lab

on Sunday, June 19th, 2016 8:37 | by


Schematic of the Y-mazes closed loop.  A setup consisting of a rig with many Y-mazes is illuminated from below with a diffuser in between. Above a camera records from the behaving flies in the Y-mazes and track different parameters online over the time course of the experiment with a custom software. The initial paradigm detects whenever the fly enters the middle-vertical arm and consequently send the signal to the projector to illuminate that arm, which in turn reinforeces the fly behavior.

Below the validation tests at three different intensities (columns: intensities relative to projector max. output). I measured three different parameters for this validation (rows), for two conditions, with and without ATR (first and second graph). It seems like the paradigm affects both, number of entries and dwelling time within the arm. It seems like at the maximum intensity, even without ATR there might be an effect.

Gr66a-Chrimson(ATR) Gr66aChrimson(Co)

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Droso Kurs and more

on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 6:18 | by


Here I attach the results in a pdf file from the students praktikum with an additional line I tested on my own meanwhile (Gr28bd and TrpA1 drivers together). They seem to work as a really good positive control btw, good for technique optimization.

For the students I tried out two different split drivers, the MB058B, which targets PPL1-a’2a2, and MB301B, which targets PAM-b2b’2. In addition the Gr5a driver, because it targets the “sugar” neurons. From the split drivers I wanted to see if I still get a validation from my initial model. MB301B seems to do quite what my model would predict but MB058B maybe not. Hopefully in a future screen I would be able to test many more and make a much more precise modelling.valences

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Modelling the T-maze screen

on Monday, March 14th, 2016 1:35 | by



This is the markdown showing the protocol and results of the modelling for the choice in the T-maze. This is for calculating valence. Nevertheless, this needs to be confirmed with the results of more lines, it could be that it is overfitted, I would like to do in addition cross-validation. I´m actually doing crosses and finding new lines to have more lines to test.

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Optogenetics – My results vs. Lena’s results

on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 2:42 | by




Last week I continued the experiments for the optogenetics. These are my results:

LM2311 whole

and these are Lena’s results:



Compared to Lena’s results, my results are a bit too positive.

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Usage of TrpA with infrared lamp

on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 11:40 | by

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