Faculty: Ginger Carney2017-09-01T10:37:50+00:00
Ginger Carney

Ginger Carney


Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: gcarney@bio.tamu.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Carney Lab Website

3258 TAMU
Biological Sciences Building West
Room 307C

Biological Sciences Building West
Room 305

Joined the Department in 2004

  • BS, 1991 University of Georgia, Genetics
  • PhD, 1998 University of Georgia, Genetics
  • Postdoctoral Research, Oregon State University, Zoology


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Texas A&M
Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience


  • TAMU College of Science and Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award
  • TAMU Center for Teaching Excellence 25th Anniversary W Course Teaching Award;
    Physicians Centre Hospital TAMU Faculty Guest Coach
  • NIH NRSA for post-doctoral training
  • NIH NRSA for pre-doctoral training
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

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:

  1. Identifying and characterizing genes that are important for reproductive behaviors
  2. Understanding how signals from fat tissue modulate neural signaling and behavior
  3. Determining how social interactions affect gene expression and behavior
  1. Schultzhaus, JN, Bennett, CJ, Iftikhar, H, Yew, JY, Mallett, J, Carney, GE et al.. High fat diet alters Drosophila melanogaster sexual behavior and traits: decreased attractiveness and changes in pheromone profiles. Sci Rep. 2018;8 (1):5387. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23662-2. PubMed PMID:29599496 PubMed Central PMC5876352.
  2. Schultzhaus, JN, Carney, GE. Dietary protein content alters both male and female contributions to Drosophila melanogaster female post-mating response traits. J. Insect Physiol. 2017;99 :101-106. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2017.04.004. PubMed PMID:28414060 .
  3. Iftikhar, H, Schultzhaus, JN, Bennett, CJ, Carney, GE. The in vivo genetic toolkit for studying expression and functions of Drosophila melanogaster microRNAs. RNA Biol. 2017;14 (2):179-187. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2016.1272748. PubMed PMID:28010188 PubMed Central PMC5324739.
  4. Schultzhaus, JN, Saleem, S, Iftikhar, H, Carney, GE. The role of the Drosophila lateral horn in olfactory information processing and behavioral response. J. Insect Physiol. 2017;98 :29-37. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2016.11.007. PubMed PMID:27871975 .
  5. Iftikhar, H, Carney, GE. Evidence and potential in vivo functions for biofluid miRNAs: From expression profiling to functional testing: Potential roles of extracellular miRNAs as indicators of physiological change and as agents of intercellular information exchange. Bioessays. 2016;38 (4):367-78. doi: 10.1002/bies.201500130. PubMed PMID:26934338 .
  6. Saleem, S, Ruggles, PH, Abbott, WK, Carney, GE. Sexual experience enhances Drosophila melanogaster male mating behavior and success. PLoS ONE. 2014;9 (5):e96639. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096639. PubMed PMID:24805129 PubMed Central PMC4013029.
  7. Ratterman, NL, Rosenthal, GG, Carney, GE, Jones, AG. Genetic variation and covariation in male attractiveness and female mating preferences in Drosophila melanogaster. G3 (Bethesda). 2014;4 (1):79-88. doi: 10.1534/g3.113.007468. PubMed PMID:24212081 PubMed Central PMC3887542.
  8. Saleem, S, Schwedes, CC, Ellis, LL, Grady, ST, Adams, RL, Johnson, N et al.. Drosophila melanogaster p24 trafficking proteins have vital roles in development and reproduction. Mech. Dev. 2012;129 (5-8):177-91. doi: 10.1016/j.mod.2012.04.002. PubMed PMID:22554671 .
  9. Schwedes, CC, Carney, GE. Ecdysone signaling in adult Drosophila melanogaster. J. Insect Physiol. 2012;58 (3):293-302. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2012.01.013. PubMed PMID:22310011 .
  10. Schwedes, C, Tulsiani, S, Carney, GE. Ecdysone receptor expression and activity in adult Drosophila melanogaster. J. Insect Physiol. 2011;57 (7):899-907. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2011.03.027. PubMed PMID:21507325 .
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