Genetic Control of Behavior and Nervous System Function
Sensing and responding appropriately to changing environments is of utmost importance for animal survival and reproductive success. In multi-cellular organisms, environmental information is ultimately processed by the nervous system, which then signals an appropriate behavioral response. Our laboratory uses a tractable genetic and developmental model, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, to identify and characterize genes that regulate sex-specific reproductive behaviors. We use cutting-edge molecular and genetic techniques to study the effects of mutations on fly reproductive behaviors. There are currently 3 main projects underway in our laboratory:
The Carney lab studies the genetic and neural regulation
- Identifying and characterizing genes that are important for reproductive behaviors
- Understanding how signals from fat tissue modulate neural signaling and behavior
- Determining how social interactions affect gene expression and behavior
of Drosophila reproductive behaviors.