Dr Scott's research addresses broad issues about how the brain produces behaviour. Using zebrafish as a model system, the group aims to characterise the circuits in the brain down to the detailed structures of individual neurons.
This involves transgenic fish expressing marker proteins in various brain regions of interest, which are then analysed by a range of molecular techniques and confocal microscopy.
Once neural circuits have been described in detail, the group silences the neurons composing them and looks for changes in the affected animal's behaviour.
The goal is to link regions and subregions of the brain to the complex behaviours that they are involved in generating. Behaviours being studied will expand to include fear, learning and memory.