Imperial College London

Giorgio F. Gilestro

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Lecturer in Systems Biology



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Scientific interests.

My current research is aimed at elucidating the enigmatic function(s) of sleep using a combination of neurobiology, genetics, and bioinformatics. Most of the work is carried on using Drosophila melanogaster as the model system.

More about our research, publications, outreach and general lab ethos can be found on the lab webpage.

Scientific biography (family tree)

I was born in 1977 in Turin, Italy.
From 1996 to 2001 I studied Medical Biotechnology at University of Turin, in Italy. After graduating, I moved at the IMP in Vienna (Austria) where I worked as a graduate student in Barry Dickson‘s laboratory, studying the development of the nervous system in the embryo of Drosophila melanogaster (2002-2006).

From September 2006 to July 2009, I was a post-doc in the laboratory for research on sleep and consciousness with Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi.

In October 2010 I joined Imperial College as Junior Research Fellow. From October 2012 I am a Lecturer (Assistant professor) with the Department of Life Sciences.



Geissmann Q, Beckwith E, Gilestro G, 2019, Most sleep does not serve a vital function. Evidence from Drosophila melanogaster, Science Advances, Vol:5, ISSN:2375-2548

Geissmann Q, Garcia Rrodriguez L, Beckwith E, et al., 2019, Rethomics: an R framework to analyse high-throughput behavioural data, Plos One, Vol:14, ISSN:1932-6203

Geissmann Q, Garcia Rodriguez L, Beckwith EJ, et al., 2017, Ethoscopes: An open platform for high-throughput ethomics., Plos Biology, Vol:15, ISSN:1544-9173

Beckwith EJ, Geissmann Q, French AS, et al., 2017, Regulation of sleep homeostasis by sexual arousal., Elife, Vol:6, ISSN:2050-084X

Gilestro GF, 2012, Video tracking and analysis of sleep in Drosophila melanogaster, Nature Protocols, Vol:7, ISSN:1754-2189, Pages:995-1007

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