Anahit Amiri


I grew up in Shiraz, Iran and moved to France in 2012 where I finished high school. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, majoring in Neurosciences, from Aix-Marseille University and spent one semester at the University of Birmingham (UK) through the Erasmus exchange program. There I mainly studied animal behaviour and cognition. I then worked as a research assistant during a one-month internship with Dr. Henry Evrard at Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics at Tübingen, Germany, on primate’s neuroanatomy. I am currently preparing a master’s degree in Integrative Biology, focusing on cognitive and behavioural neurosciences at Sorbonne University in Paris.

I am mostly interested in neuroethology and the evolutionary events which separate or relate, human and non-human animals’ cognition and behaviour. Little is known about the underlying neural mechanisms of insects’ cognition leading to complex behaviours that they are capable of. Studying invertebrates’ behaviour and neuroanatomy helps us to imagine new ways of thinking about the brain, nervous system and cognition. 


Current research

I started working as a research intern at Stockholm University in June 2021. My project consists of evaluating the olfactory learning and memory of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) in normal and higher temperatures to understand the impact of environmental changes on the nervous system and cognition of these important pollinators. To explore this, I am using the FMPER (Free-Moving Proboscis Extension Response) method and developing a more optimised protocol for FMPER based on the bee's natural motivations. I also plan to collect data on the morphology and neuroanatomy of bumblebees to explore different correlations between morphology, behaviour and environment.