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Drosophila melanogaster is a traditional genetic study system for asking and answering questions about genetic and neural control of behavior. It is an ideal organism for such studies because of its small size and genetic similarity to other multi-cellular eukaryotes.
Our laboratory investigates the genetic underpinnings of fly social behaviors, including reproductive behaviors. Males perform an elegant and stereotypical set of courtship behaviors toward females to entice them to mate, while females rebuff these advances until they perceive the proper male signals. Identifying the genes modulating courtship behaviors as well as other types of social interactions and determining their cellular functions is the cornerstone of research in the Carney lab.
Currently we focus on 3 main research areas:
Other lab research: