Lilach Avitan

Assistant Professor

The neural basis of behavior

Our sensation, perception and behavior arise from the activity of millions of interconnected neurons in the brain.  We are interested in how this network of neurons processes information and converts it into an appropriate behavior.  To address this question we use the zebrafish as a model system. Zebrafish larvae display a range complex behaviors, and are transparent allowing whole-brain imaging of neural activity at the single cell resolution.  In conjunction with these experiments, we use computational, statistical and mathematical tools to analyse the data and uncover the neural mechanism driving behavior.

Recent publications

Open Positions

We are looking for bright and highly motivated doctoral and postdoctoral students. 


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Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
The Suzanne and and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building, Level 1
Edmond J. Safra Campus, The Hebrew University
Jerusalem,  9190401