Research project title

Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Hearing in Drosophila

Research description

We exploit the genetic tools of Drosophila to understand the basic cellular and molecular processes by which acoustic signals are transduced into sensory signals. Behavioral and electrophysiological assays allow us to evaluate the functional effects of mutations in the auditory system. We apply genetically encoded markers and various staining methods to distinguish whether mutations or other genetic manipulations primarily affect the development or the physiological functioning of the auditory organ.

Undergraduate minimum qualifications

Basic biology course is essential, and courses in Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or Molecular Biology are assets.

Undergraduate role

Contribute to an on-going mutagenesis screen for new mutants. Independent projects to characterize one or more mutants will be possible.