Here are the current members of the lab. For lab alumni, follow this link


Principal Investigator: Bill Schafer

I am currently writing papers, messing around in the lab, and thinking about new plans. If you have any questions about the lab, send me an email!
email Bill

Research scientist/lab manager: Denise Walker

Denise is working on mechanosensation, as well as keeping the lab running.
email Denise


Postdoc: Robyn Branicky
Robyn is studying how the egg-laying circuit generates behaviour. She is using genetics, calcium imaging, and pharmacology to understand the roles of particular neurons and neurotransmitters in the function of this motor circuit.

email Robyn


Postdoc: Ithai Rabinowitch
Ithai is studying cross-modal behavioural plasticity. He is also working new approaches for imaging neural activity during behaviour.

email Ithai

Postdoc: Yoshinori Tanizawa
Yoshinori is interested in the effects of monoamines on behavioural states.

email: Yoshinori


Postdoc:Andre Brown
Andre is studying mechanosensory neurons and their contributions to behaviour.

email Andre


Graduate Student: Marina Ezcurra
Marina is interested in nociception, and how sensation and adaptation to noxious stimuli are affected by neuropeptides and other modulators.

email: Marina

Graduate Student: Ev Yemini
Ev is working on a new tracking system for quantitative analysis of worm behaviour.
email Ev

Graduate Student: Marios Chatzigeorgiou
Marios is working on how mechanosensory neurons sense touch.

email: Marios

Graduate Student: Victoria Butler
Victoria is studying monoamines and behaviour.
email Victoria

Graduate student: Tadas Jucikas
Tadas has just joined the lab to work on the quantitative analysis of worm behaviour.
email Tadas


Research technician: Laura Grundy
Laura is collecting and analysing behavioural data on worm mutants
email Laura

First International Neurobiology Worm Meeting bonding at the Essen house
in Madison, WI 2006

Lab Picnic Photos 2004

Lab Picnic Photos 2006!

Also check out photos from 2004 European worm meeting in Switzerland

Alex's Farewell lunch photos here