Our goal is to discover the molecular mechanisms and computational principles  that underlie the capability of biological systems to acquire, process and utilize information to govern behavior. We do so by studying how fruit flies and bacteria navigate chemical environments, and how collective behavior emerges in bacterial colonies and developmental systems. To probe these systems at the molecular, cellular and behavioral level we combine molecular and biophysical experimental methods with predictive mathematical modeling.

Of particular interest to us is the role of variation in biological sensing and decision making and to understand how biological systems can extract useful work from fluctuations. An exciting hypothesis we are pursuing is that fluctuations when combined with selection and decision making mechanisms facilitates computation and function.

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.


January 15, 2019
Congratulations to Nirag for being awarded an NIH postdoctoral training fellowship through the BRAIN Initiative! Nirag proposed to develop machine-learning and computational...
January 15, 2019
Congratulations to Henry who was awarded an NIH F32 postdoctoral training fellowship! Henry proposed to study how the conflicts between diversity and collective behavior are...
September 27, 2018
Mahmut has been accepted to the NeuroBridges workshop at Le Centre de Conferences Internationales de Cluny in Cluny, France, Oct. 2-12. He will be attending lectures and...