Lucy Heap van Swinderen lab


Lucy Heap, Postdoctoral researcher

About me

I have a background in studying the neural circuits underlying behaviours. I studied both my Honours year and my PhD at the University of Queensland, in the lab of A/Prof. Ethan Scott. In my honours year I studied the anatomy of neural projections between the cerebellum and the tectum in larval zebrafish, and then in my PhD I went on to describe the neural circuits underlying loom-responsiveness in the same model.

In 2017, I completed my PhD and moved to the lab of A/Prof Bruno van Swinderen where I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher. Here, I aim to investigate the role that sleep states have on visually-guided behaviours. I aim to do this through the use of brain wide calcium imaging under a two-photon microscope, paired with an analysis of the behavioural responses evoked by visual stimuli.


I am interested in understanding the neural responses that occur when flies respond to visual stimuli, and how these neural responses shift when animals experience a change in sleep pressure.