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.


August 4, 2017
Dip’s paper shows that a transition in the behavior of progenitor cells from ordered to disordered motion helps vertebrates develop straight spines. During normal...
July 22, 2017
Srinivas’ and Mahmut’s paper shows how Olfactory Receptor Neurons (ORNs) in the fruit fly can adapt to the mean and variance of dynamic odor signals. Insects like the...
Srinivas celebrating his PhD
May 25, 2017
On May 5th 2017 Srinivas defended his PhD with flying colors. Congratulations! On August 1st he will be joining the lab of Eve Marder at Brandeis University.