Areas of Interest
Our laboratory combines genetic, biochemical, and behavioral techniques to understand the nature of aging-related disease. We use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model system and focus on evolutionarily conserved molecular pathways. Currently, we are studying genes involved in linking neurosensory function, diet, and immune function with aging and aging-related disease. We also seek to harness technological advancements in computational analysis and robotics to improve the capabilities and efficiency of high-throughput lifespan measurements.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1998
- FLIC: high-throughput, continuous analysis of feeding behaviors in Drosophila.
- Water sensor ppk28 modulates Drosophila lifespan and physiology through AKH signaling.
- Drosophila life span and physiology are modulated by sexual perception and reward.
- Insulin signaling mediates sexual attractiveness in Drosophila.
- Regulation of Drosophila life span by olfaction and food-derived odors.