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.


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.