My thesis work focuses on understanding the behavioral effects caused by serotonin signaling in Drosophila melanogaster. I am interested in the signaling properties of a pair of serotonin cells that communicate with the olfactory system, along with other processing centers in the brain. More specifically, I am investigating what signaling factors these cells release onto target cells, what upstream cells regulate their activity, and how these signals impact food-seeking behavior and general arousal levels.
Trainee in the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences T32 program
Morrisey Ropp Scholarship (2021)
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