Dr Ashwin Miriyala
BackgroundBumblebees are cool.
A lot of research aims to understand how sensory neurons convert environmental stimuli into information that our brain interprets. My work shows that bumble bee taste neurons are quite unique among chemosensory neurons; when stimulated with sugars, 2 taste neurons within each bee 'taste bud' get activated, as opposed to the single sugar responsive neuron that is present in most insect and vertebrate organisms. These two neurons interact with each other to form a temporally structured, burst pattern of spiking activity that encodes information about sugar concentration.
My experiments aim to elucidate this interaction and discover what advantages they provide for the bees.
- Miriyala A, Kessler S, Rind FC, Wright GA. Burst Firing in Bee Gustatory Neurons Prevents Adaptation. Current Biology 2018, 28(10), 1585-1594.e3.