McLoraine Developmental Chair
I received a B.S. in biology from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and I completed my Ph.D. at The Rockefeller University with Cori Bargmann, where I studied synaptic biology, neural circuits, and quantitative behavior in C. elegans. Following my Ph.D., I did a short postdoc at the Marine Biology Laboratory with Roger Hanlon, where I studied the neurobiology of cuttlefish camouflage and trained as a scientific diver at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
In 2019, I joined the Asahina lab to study social behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. My work in the Asahina lab is focused on social dominance. When male flies fight, winners and losers can be clearly observed: winners remain aggressive, while losers flee their dominant opponent. Reminiscent of social hierarchies in many animals, these kinds of dominance hierarchies in Drosophila have been noted since the earliest descriptions of fly aggression, but where and how such social information processing occurs in the fly brain is not known. My project seeks to identify and dissect these neural circuits in the fly brain and determine how they govern the switch from fighting to fleeing.
Outside of science, my interests are in surfing, diving, and synthesizers.
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