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.


March 21, 2017
Jun’s paper shows how run-and-tumble navigation strategies can be much more efficient than previously believed. Countless bacteria, larvae and even larger organisms...
February 10, 2017
Tobias Holen’s op-ed has been published in the New York Time. Congratulations Tobias. To read follow this  link.
January 24, 2017
Simon van Vliet and Martin Ackermann have published a nice News and Views about our paper! Here is their abstract: Even in the absence of genetic or environ- mental...