Eva Aimable Naumann

Eva Aimable Naumann

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

External Address: 
311 Research Dr, Bryan Research Bldg 327F, Durham, NC 27710
Internal Office Address: 
311 Research Dr, Box 3209, Durham, NC 27710


The Naumann lab's goal is to understand how neural circuits across the entire brain guide behavior and how individuality manifests within these circuits. To dissect such circuits, we use the genetically accessible, translucent zebrafish to map, monitor, and manipulate neuronal activity. By combining whole-brain imaging, behavioral analysis, functional perturbations, neuroanatomy, we aim to generate brain-scale circuit models of simple behaviors in individual brains. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) 2010

Selected Grants

Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2021 to 2026

Enteroendocrine cells sense gut bacteria and activate a gut-brain pathway awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2021 to 2026

Neurobiology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2019 to 2024

2020 Sloan Research Fellowship awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2021 to 2023

Dissection of the neural microcircuitry of the zebrafish pretectum awarded by Whitehall Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

Real-time, all-optical interrogation of neural microcircuitry in the pretectum awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2022

High-Resolution, Parallelized Imaging of Freely Swimming Zebrafish with a Gigapixel Microscope awarded by Ramona Optics, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Loring, Matthew D., et al. “Whole-brain interactions underlying zebrafish behavior.Curr Opin Neurobiol, vol. 65, Dec. 2020, pp. 88–99. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.conb.2020.09.011. Full Text

Naumann, Eva A., et al. “From Whole-Brain Data to Functional Circuit Models: The Zebrafish Optomotor Response.Cell, vol. 167, no. 4, Nov. 2016, pp. 947-960.e20. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2016.10.019. Full Text

Dunn, Timothy W., et al. “Brain-wide mapping of neural activity controlling zebrafish exploratory locomotion.Elife, vol. 5, Mar. 2016, p. e12741. Pubmed, doi:10.7554/eLife.12741. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dunn, Timothy W., et al. “Neural Circuits Underlying Visually Evoked Escapes in Larval Zebrafish.Neuron, vol. 89, no. 3, Feb. 2016, pp. 613–28. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.021. Full Text

Randlett, Owen, et al. “Whole-brain activity mapping onto a zebrafish brain atlas.Nat Methods, vol. 12, no. 11, Nov. 2015, pp. 1039–46. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nmeth.3581. Full Text

Naumann, Eva A., et al. “Monitoring neural activity with bioluminescence during natural behavior.Nat Neurosci, vol. 13, no. 4, Apr. 2010, pp. 513–20. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nn.2518. Full Text

Harfouche, M., et al. “Imaging the behavior and neural activity of freely moving organisms with a gigapixel microscope.” Optics Infobase Conference Papers, vol. Part F169-BRAIN 2019, 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1364/BRAIN.2019.BT3A.3. Full Text