Active Research Projects

Motor Neuron Development and Circuitry

We are studying how the neural circuitry that is required for coordinated walking in adult flies is constructed during development, and how it functions in the adult.

Recent Publication

motor neuron developmental time course

Stereotyped terminal axon branching of leg motor neurons mediated by IgSF proteins DIP-α and Dpr10

Venkatasubramanian L, Guo Z, Xu S, Tan L, Xiao Q, Nagarkar-Jaiswal S, Mann RS.


January 02, 2019

Welcome Sumaira Zamurrad

Sumaira joins the Mann Lab as our newest postdoctoral fellow. She comes from Julie Secombe's lab at Einstein where she worked on the transcriptional regulator KDM5. 

December 21, 2018

Dr. Clare Howard

Clare Howard, the lab's first MD/PhD student, successfully defended her thesis yesterday titled, "Serotonergic Modulation of Walking Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster". Clare did an awesome job, both presenting her beautiful work and defending it in front of her star-studded thesis committee composed of Rui Costa, Vanessa Ruta, Wes Grueber, Hyneck Wichterle, and Rudy Behnia. Sadly, Clare has to immediately go back to med school. We will miss her in the lab! Congratulations!