Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Insects

Martin Giurfa

Jean-marc Devaud

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Team members

  Researcher  Associate professor
  • Catherine Armengaud
  • Jean-marc Devaud
  • Martin Giurfa
  • Guillaume Isabel
  • Cristian Pasquaretta
  Technical staff
  • Gabriela De brito sanchez
  • Lucie Hotier
  • Isabelle Massou
  Postdoctoral fellow
  • Tamara Gomez
  • Solenn Patalano
  • Sebastian Schwarz
  • Laure-anne Poissonnier
  • Marco Paoli
  PhD student
  • Alexandre Dore
  • Matthias Durrieu
  • Florent Le moel
  • Louise Bestea
  • Thibault Dubois
  • Haiyang Geng
  • Stephane Kraus
  • Mathieu Kunetz
  • Gregory Lafon
  • Coline Monchanin
  • Leo Clement
  Master student
  • Caroline Vilarem
  • Yuan Lai
  • Blandine Mahot-castaing
  • Lise Lecroq
  • Alizee Diu
  • Ines Noureddine
  • Rodrigue Fouillet
  • Nathan Cyrille
  • Pauline Eugenie
  • Oceane Boidard
  • Leo Lebrillant
  • Maxime Choblet
  • Florine Riedinger
  • Alexandre Lamis
  • Azalais Decamp
  • Solene Liegeois
  • Alexandre Chabrit
  • Nina Colombel
  • Emmanuelle Briard
  • Anna Aldanondo
  • Juliette Montet
  • Erwan Tilly
  • Martin Dessart
  • Marc-antoine Shu-gestin
  • Florentin Kacar
  • Ines Khazar
  • Maxence Rocoplo
  • Lola Faure
  • Qibai Huang


The objective of our team is the integrative study of experience-dependent plasticity in insects, with a particular focus on cognitive functions, such as visual and olfactory learning and memory. Three model species (honeybee, bumblebee, Drosophila), for which detailed descriptions of brain anatomy and genome are now available, are used to explore behavioral plasticity in ecologically relevant tasks and to track down their genetic, molecular and neural mechanisms bases. The comparative analysis between species exhibiting various levels of social complexities provides a unique opportunity to consider experience-dependent plasticity in a social context.

Our multidisciplinary approach is poised at the interface between experimental psychology, neurobiology, molecular biology, behavioral genetics and cognitive ecology. We use state-of the-art techniques spanning from behavioral observations of free-flying bees foraging on computer-controlled flowers, to the conditioning of harnessed individuals presented with tightly controlled stimuli, the identification of neural circuits involved in memory formation using transgenes, and the detailed tracking of neurotransmission processes in targeted brain structures.



Social modulation of learning and memory

Plasticity in gustatory networks and responses

impact of stress and pesticides

Molecular and neural mechanisms of appetitive and aversive memories

Neural signaling and memory processes : roles of cholinergic and GluCl-based neurotransmission

Neural bases of elemental and non-elemental learning

Mechanisms of visual cognition


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