Title: Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series
Start date: May 27
Start time: 03:00 pm
End time: 04:00 pm

Dr. Serena Ding
Research Group Leader "Genes and Behaviour"
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
Title: "Understanding the mechanism and evolution of nematode collective behaviour"

Abstract: In recent years, nematodes such as C. elegans have emerged as a model system for studying collective behaviour. C. elegans exhibits several fascinating collective behaviours such as aggregation, swarming, dynamical network formation, and towering. Some of these behaviours are also observed in other nematodes species, although the details of the behaviour and the mechanisms may differ. My group is using an integrated approach to understand various nematode collective behaviours from both the mechanistic and the evolutionary perspective. We combine novel imaging and tracking technologies with modelling approaches to achieve a mechanistic understanding of the behaviour at the individual and group level. We also study the behaviours in an evolutionary context by examining intra- and inter-species variations in the behaviour, as well as the behaviour of mixed nematode groups. 

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