Welcome to the Ben-Shahar lab!

We study the evolutionary, genetic, molecular, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying the interaction of animals with their physical and social environments. We use the powerful genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster, the emerging model for social behaviors, the European honey bee Apis mellifera, and mammalian models to 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.

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Lab news:

January 2018: Postdoctoral fellow Alexis Hill accepted a tenure track faculty position in biology at the College of the Holy Cross, MA. Congrats Professor Hill!

August 2016: Katie succesfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Mortland!

May 2016: Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Eirik Søvik accepted a faculty position in the Department of Biology at Volda University College, Norway. Congratulations Professor Søvik!

October 2016: Insect Neuroscience issue of COiS (Ben-Shahar Ed.) is out.

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March 2015: Read about our recent paper on the possible impact of manganese on honey bee behavior.

The work was published in Biology Letters

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