Welcome to the Emonet lab. We work on the molecular origin of behavior and behavioral variability. We study how bacteria and flies navigate chemical environments, and how collective behavior emerges in bacterial colonies and developmental systems. 

To understand how molecular mechanisms shape behavior and performance, we probe these systems at the molecular, cellular and behavioral level by combining molecular and biophysical experimental methods with predictive mathematical modeling. Ultimately, our goal is to quantitatively predict biological behavior and to uncover general principles by which live cells and animals sense, compute and self-organize to make decisions.

Our lab is interdisciplinary. We have open positions for postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students with training/interests in biology (microbiology, neuroscience, molecular biology), physics, mathematics and engineering.

The Emonet Lab is supported by: The National Institute of General Medical Sciences and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and was previously supported by Whitehall Foundation,  James S. McDonnell Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


December 19, 2016
Although all bacterial cells in a colony are genetically identical and share the same swimming machinery, they display differences in the way they swim. This paper shows that...
November 7, 2016
Wecome to Tamaki Kato. She was born on November 7th 2016 and she is absolutely precious. We are super happy for Setsu and look forward to meeting her at the upcoming lab...
July 18, 2016
In this work, we correlate for the first time Fluorescence Analysis with Single-cell Tracking (FAST) to investigate the effects of stochastic fluctuations in protein numbers...