Presented by the Graduate Students of the Department of Biology, Western University
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Marla Sokolowski from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Sokolowski's lab studies how genes and the environment interact to influence behaviour in fruit flies. They discovered the foraging gene which influences naturally occurring behavioural variation including the rover/sitter polymorphism. This gene plays a role in behaviour in many other organisms including social insects. Their lab is interested in the mechanistic and evolutionary basis of this genetic polymorphism. Two fundamental questions they seek to understand better are:
How do genes and their proteins act in the nervous system in order to cause normal individual differences in behaviour?
How do genes and their proteins act in response to the environment to affect normal individual differences in behaviour?
For more information, please visit Dr. Sokolowski's website at http://sokolowski.eeb.utoronto.ca
This lecture is in memory of Dr. Laudenbach. For more information on Dr. Laudenbach, his research and accomplishments please go to http://www.uwo.ca/sci/publications/history/Laudenbach.html