Michael Sars Centre

Dr. Lena van Giesen, NTNU, Norway

Lena van Giesen, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, will present: "Do what you can where you are with what you have - Insights from marine invertebrate sensory systems"

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Lena van Giesen

The ability to detect and process salient sensory information from diverse environments is crucial to an organism’s survival. Animals exhibit a broad variety of cellular and molecular adaptations that enable them to detect, filter and process relevant chemical information from their specific ecological niche. While molecular, cellular and behavioral aspects of chemosensation have been studied in detail in a variety of terrestrial animals, these aspects are less well studied in aquatic context, where chemosensation is subjected to different physiochemical constraints. In the lab we are trying to understand how marine invertebrates use chemotactile signals for ecologically relevant behaviors, such as hunting, navigation and habitat choice using a variety of methods that range from behavior and anatomy to molecular biology and electrophysiology.

Visit the van Giesen lab webpage.