Lab members

Holger Krapp

“Research in my lab aims to understand biological design principles in sensorimotor control. We pursue an integrative approach on comparatively simple insect model systems to discover fundamental principles of sensory integration, multisensor fusion and sensorimotor transformation. The range of methods applied in the lab includes electrophysiology, quantitative behavioural measurements and computational modelling. More recently, I have become interested in interdisciplinary collaborations to exploit the potential of biological principles for the design of engineered control systems.”

Holger obtained his Diploma in Biology (Neurobiology) from the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 1992. In 1995 he was awarded the Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) degree for studying the neuronal mechanisms of optic flow processing at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany. During his first postdoctoral position at the same institute he continued working on theoretical aspects and the neuronal basis of self-motion estimation.

In 1996 he became a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, working on the biophysical mechanism of neuronal multiplication in the context of visually guided behaviour. From 1997, he spent three years as a research fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, continuing his work on adaptations to optic flow processing in the visual system. In 2000, he commenced a position as a temporary lecturer in Sensory Neuroscience in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. He was appointed as a senior lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College in October 2005, and promoted to Professor of Systems Neuroscience in 2015.

For details of teaching duties and full publication list see here.

Kit Longden

Kit is now a research specialist at HHMI Janelia Farm. ⧉ link

Martina Wicklein​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Martina is now a senior teaching fellow at UCL in the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology. ⧉ link​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Ben Hardcastle 

Ben is studying the head movements of Dipteran flies which act to stabilise vision during flight. He is interested in how the sensory systems which guide these head movements vary across species.

Jiaqi Huang 

Jiaqi is investigating how a fly’s brain can be interfaced with a machine to control its movement. He uses his background in electrical engineering to create mobile platforms incorporating mini-electrophysiology equipment for measuring neural activity on the move.

Silvia Ardila-Jiménez 

Silvia is working together with Imperial’s Institute for Security Science and Technology researching bio-inspired technologies.

Peter Swart 

Peter is a 4th year PhD student working on the neck muscle system of the blowfly. He uses X-ray micro-CT to image the muscles then, in computational models, recreates the anatomy of the muscles and the complex movements they make which actuate the head.

Léandre Varennes-Phillit 

Léandre is studying chasing behaviour in flies using a dummy target and a miniature camera unit. He is jointly supervised by Stéphane Viollet at Aix Marseille.

Edward Adams

Amna Askari
Chang Sun

Francisco Hernandez Heras (postdoc)
Atilla Vrasdonk (MSc student)
Mathilde Placek (undergraduate student)
Dex Gajjar-Reid (undergraduate student)
Sihao Lu (undergraduate student)
Matthew Murchie (undergraduate student)
Sam Oxwell (undergraduate student)
Daniel Schwyn (PhD student)
Isuru Goonatalake (undergraduate student)
Christoforos Charalambous (MSc student)
Naveed Ejaz (PhD student)
Kris Peterson (PhD student)
Matthew Parsons (PhD student)
Stephen Huston (PhD student)