Group Leader

Dr. Netta Cohen


Dr. Robert Holbrook

Grad students

Tom Sanders
Elpiniki Kalogeropoulou
Christopher Brittin

interns (past and present)

David Sale
Joseph Shaw
Michael Smith
Sam Smith
Amelia Waddingon


Prof. Ian A. Hope
Dr. Abbas Dehghani

Former members

Dr. Peter Appleby
Dr. Stefano Berri
Jordan H. Boyle
Dr. John Bryden

Dr. Behrooz Esmaeli
Dr. Yiannis Gatsoulis
Dr. Bao Kha Nguyen
David Williamson


The C. elegans group is part of the Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health research theme at the School of Computing in Leeds. We are interested in understanding C. elegans neural control and motor behaviour. We follow an integrated approach that includes modeling, experiments with the real worm as well as with robots inspired by it.


Netta Cohen and Tom Sanders Nematode locomotion: dissecting the neuronal-environmental loop Current Opinion in Neurobiology vol. 25 (Apr) pp. 99-106, doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2013.12.003 2014. Download

Jordan H. Boyle, Stefano Berri and Netta Cohen. Gait modulation in C. elegans: an integrated neuromechanical model Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience vol. 6 (10) doi:10.3389/fncom.2012.00010 2012 Download

Jordan H. Boyle, Stefano Berri, Manlio Tassieri, Ian A. Hope, and Netta Cohen. Gait modulation in C. elegans: It's not a choice, it's a reflex! Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience vol. 5, doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2011.00010 2011. Download

Netta Cohen and Jordan H. Boyle. Swimming at low Reynolds number: a beginner's guide to undulatory locomotion. Contemporary Physics vol. 51, pp. 103-123 2010. Download

Bao Kha Nguyen, Jordan H. Boyle A. A. Dehghani-Sanij and Netta Cohen. a C. elegans-inspired micro-robot with polymeric actuators and online vision Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO2009) 10.1109/ROBIO.2009.5420578 2009. Download

Stefano Berri, Jordan H. Boyle, Manlio Tassieri, Ian A. Hope and Netta Cohen. Forward locomotion of the nematode C. elegans is achieved through modulation of a single gait. HFSP J. Vol 3, pp. 186-193 2009. Download

Jordan H. Boyle, John A. Bryden and Netta Cohen. An integrated neuro-mechanical model of C. elegans forward locomotion. LNCS. Vol 4984, pp. 37-47. 2008. Springer-Verlag Berlin. Download

John A. Bryden and Netta Cohen. Neural control of Caenorhabditis elegans forward locomotion: the role of sensory feedback. Biological Cybernetics Vol 98, pp. 339-351. 2008. Download

Jordan H. Boyle Netta Cohen. Caenorhabditis elegans body wall muscles are simple actuators. BioSystems Vol 94, pp. 170-181. 2008 Download
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John A. Bryden and Netta Cohen. A simulation model of the locomotion controllers for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Proceedings of the eighth international conference on the simulation of adaptive behavior pp. 183-192 2004 MIT Press / Bradford Books (Table of Contents, Download).

Posters and conference talks

24-28 June 2009. XXVII International C. elegans meeting Selected for presentation titled: "An integrated model of C. elegans locomotion: from swimming to crawling".

24-28 June 2009. XXVII International C. elegans meeting Poster titled: "Agar groove masks locomotion related phenotypes." Download pdf (235 KB)