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Yehuda Ben-Shahar

Washington University in St. Louis
Genetics of social behaviors - what can we learn from 'simple' insect models?
Teh Ben-Shahar lab studies social behaviors in insect models by using evolutionary, genetic, molecular, cellular, and behavioral approaches. Members of teh lab study the mechanisms underlying the interaction of animals with their physical and social environments by using the powerful genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster, and the emerging model for social behaviors, the European honey bee Apis mellifera. They ask where, when, and how the function of specific genes, cell types, and neuronal circuits affect behavioral plasticity and the behavioral response to specific environmental and social stimuli, and how complex social systems evolved.
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