Alysha de Souza


My research is focused on investigating the neural circuitry underlying flight in Drosophila, with a particular focus on the integration of sensory information from multiple modalities to produce a motor code for wing control.  I am electrically recording from neurons during Drosophila flight to better understand the contributions of individual neurons to this behavior.   I hope to integrate these physiological recordings with observed changes in wing kinematics, measured with computer vision, and develop a model for this flight control circuit.




Gill S, Vasey AE, De Souza A, Baker J, Smith AT, Kohrt HE, Florek M, Gibbs KD Jr, Tate K, Ritchie DS, Negrin RS. Rapid development of exhaustion and down-regulation of eomesodermin limit the antitumor activity of adoptively transferred murine natural killer cells. Blood. 2012 Jun 14;119(24):5758-68. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-03-415364. Epub 2012 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 22544698; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3382935.



Ph.D.Biology and Biological Engineering (Neuroscience Specialization), Caltech, In Progress

B.S., Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stanford, 2012



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