Robert Court PhD

Robert Court


Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the fundamental elements of learning. My research takes a reductionist approach by investigating some of the simplest independently viable behavioural circuits that still demonstrate all the features of advanced learning (neuroplasticity). To this end I am working on machine vision extraction of the functional connectome for the thoracico-abdominal ganglion in Drosophila from confocal fluorescent microscopy data.

Publications:
2017
A Systematic Nomenclature for the Drosophila Ventral Nervous System
Court, RC, Armstrong, JD, Borner, J, Card, G, Costa, M, Dickinson, M, Duch, C, Korff, W, Mann, R, Merritt, D, Murphey, R, Namiki, S, Seeds, A, Shepherd, D, Shirangi, T, Simpson, J, Truman, J, Tuthill, J & Williams, D 2017 'A Systematic Nomenclature for the Drosophila Ventral Nervous System'. DOI: 10.1101/122952
2014
Virtual fly brain - Using OWL to support the mapping and genetic dissection of the drosophila brain
Osumi-Sutherland, D, Costa, M, Court, R & O'Kane, CJ 2014, 'Virtual fly brain - Using OWL to support the mapping and genetic dissection of the drosophila brain' CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol 1265, pp. 85-96.

Projects:
Mapping the thoracic abdominal ganglion in Drosophila melanogaster (PhD)