Welcome to the Clemens Lab, who recently started with SIDB in the fall of 2020.
Her work is focused on understanding the sensory and circuit mechanisms underlying social behaviour from an ethological perspective. She examines the stages of social-sensory processing, beginning with recognition and ending with social attachment. In between, she hopes to disentangle both innate and learned aspects of kinship social behaviour by probing and observing the dynamics of the underlying neural circuits. She also has an interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations in the fields of evolutionary biology and psychology.
Her lab uses a variety of techniques to achieve these goals: in vivo and in vitro extracellular and whole-cell patch clamp recordings; large-scale multi-area electrophysiology and imaging with freely-moving behaviour; viral mediated connectivity and functional analyses; anatomical and histochemical analysis of functionally characterised neurons.