Imperial College London

Giorgio F. Gilestro

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 5443g.gilestro Website




408Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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.

On twitter: @giorgiogilestro



French A, Geissmann Q, Beckwith E, et al., 2021, Sensory processing during sleep in Drosophila melanogaster, Nature, Vol:598, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:479-482

Gilestro GF, 2021, Sleep: Imaging the Fly Brain Reveals New Paradoxes, Current Biology, Vol:31, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:R140-R142

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, Pages:1-10

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

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