Miss Kimberly Meechan

University position

Research Assistant

Departments

Department of Zoology

Email

km614@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/departm...

Research Theme

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

Our group studies neural circuits involved in olfaction in Drosophila. Some neurons involved in these circuits are known to be sexually dimorphic. How these differences lead to different behaviours in male and female flies is not well understood.

For example, in Drosophila, the male pheromone cVA produces different responses when detected by male or female flies. In females, it elicits increased receptivity to courtship, while in males it results in increased aggression. Understanding the sexual dimorphism of the underlying circuit is our goal. To this end, we are now working to reconstruct this pathway at synaptic resolution in an electron microscopy volume (collected by Davi Bock’s group and collaborators at Janelia) of the entire female fly brain.

Research Focus

Keywords

Connectomics

Electron Microscopy

Sexual Dimorphism

Pheromone

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance

Equipment

Computational modelling

Collaborators

Cambridge

Matthias Landgraf

United Kingdom

Scott Waddell Web: https://www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/team/sc...

International

Davi Bock Web: https://www.janelia.org/lab/boc...

Gerald Rubin Web: https://www.janelia.org/lab/rub...

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