Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Bldg 10)
Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D., HHMI Investigator and the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, will present "The Neurogenetics of Innate Behaviors" next in the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS).
about the speaker: The overall goal of work in the Vosshall laboratory is to understand how complex behaviors are modulated by external chemosensory cues and internal physiological states. Working with Drosophila melanogaster flies, mosquitoes and human subjects, Vosshall’s research has yielded new knowledge about how odor stimuli are processed and perceived. Vosshall’s lab takes a multidisciplinary approach spanning cell biology, genetics, neurobiology and behavior. The early focus of the lab has been to study how the brain interprets olfactory signals in the environment that signal food, danger or potential mating partners. The group has been studying these problems in three model organisms: the fly, the mosquito and the human. The majority of the early work in the laboratory was carried out in the genetically tractable vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster, which displays a rich repertoire of chemosensory behaviors despite having a nervous system with only 100,000 neurons. In this animal, the Vosshall lab studied the functional neuroanatomy of the olfactory system, how this system perceives sex pheromones and the structure and function of the insect odorant receptors.
Come join your colleagues, DDIR Michael Gottesman and NIH Director Francis Collins at these top-notch lectures, even if you think they are outside of your area of interest. The next next WALS is October 1, the Annual Florence Mahoney Lecture with Eric Schadt, Mt. Sinai Hospital. The 2014–2015 schedule is posted at http://wals.od.nih.gov.