Schoppik Lab

We study balance.

Our lab has two aims:

1) We aim to understand how reflexes that permit stable movements develop and function.

2) We aim to discover how neurodegenerative disease compromises balance.

Control of movement initiation underlies the development of balance

Balance arises from the interplay of external forces acting on the body and internally generated movements. Many animal bodies are inherently unstable, necessitating corrective locomotion to maintain stability. Here we study the interplay among environment, sensation, and action as balance develops in larval zebrafish.

Published in Current Biology, 2017.