M1 and M2 internships are available in the Neurogenetics of Drosophila team, headed by Daniel Vasiliauskas.
How do closely related neuron types establish and then maintain their functional differences? And, how do genetic programs differ between individuals to create unique brains? Our team investigates these questions by studying how colour photoreceptor neurons in the retina acquire (during development) and maintain (throughout their adult life) their different colour sensitivities, and how natural genetic variation affects these processes in the wild populations. The internship projects will address specific questions within this broad scientific program and will be designed in consultation with the student to reflect his or her interests and goals. The student will use Drosophila genetics, immunohistochemistry, RNAscope-based in situ hybridization, confocal microscopy, and molecular biology. More detailed descriptions of two potential projects are in the following pdf.
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