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Stephane Dissel PROF, AST

    Research Description
    Why do we sleep? While the answer to this question may appear to be straightforward, the reality is that we still do not know what the function of sleep is. Sleep and more importantly the lack of sleep impacts virtually every aspects of our life. Sleep interacts with many physiological functions, like immune responses, metabolism and cognition. In my laboratory, we study the relationship between sleep and memory. It has been known for a while that there is a strong link between sleep and the formation of memory but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. We use the powerful fruit fly genetic model to address key questions about sleep, memory and plasticity. The methods we are employing in our studies include genetics, behavioral analysis, fixed and live brain imaging and molecular biology.

    Afflicated Department(s)

    Molecular Biology&Biochemistry  

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