Dr Dana Galili


Did you ever wonder what makes males and females respond differently to the same stimulus? Sex differences are basic for reproduction, parenting and other social interactions. I work on Drosophila sexually dimorphic behaviours and their underlying neuronal circuity. specifically, I use neurogenetic, physiology and neuroanatomy tools to study how different connectivity patterns between male and female flies enable separate behavioural responses to pheromonal stimuli.

Research Focus


drosophila neurogenetics

sexually dimorphic behaviour


neural circuit

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Calcium imaging

Confocal microscopy

Fluorescence microscopy


No collaborators listed

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    István Taisz, Erika Donà, Daniel Münch, Shanice N. Bailey, Billy J. Morris, Kimberly I. Meechan, Katie M. Stevens, Irene Varela, Marina Gkantia, Philipp Schlegel, Carlos Ribeiro, Gregory S.X.E. Jefferis, Dana S. Galili (2022), “Generating parallel representations of position and identity in the olfactory system” BioRxiv

    Galili DS, Dylla KV, Lüdke A, Friedrich AB, Yamagata N, Wong JY, Ho CH, Szyszka P, Tanimoto H. (2014), “Converging circuits mediate temperature and shock aversive olfactory conditioning in Drosophila.” Curr Biol. 24(15):1712-22.

    Galili DS, Lüdke A, Galizia CG, Szyszka P, Tanimoto H. (2011), “Olfactory trace conditioning in Drosophila.” J Neurosci. 31(20):7240-8.



    Dana S Galili , Gregory SXE Jefferis, Marta Costa (2022), “Connectomics and the neural basis of behaviour ” Curr Opin Insect Sci . 54:100968.


    Dana S Galili, Gregory S X E Jefferis  (2019), “Behavior: Why Male Flies Sing Different Songs ” Curr Biol. 29(7):R243-R245.


    Dylla KV, Galili DS, Szyszka P, Lüdke A. (2013), “Trace conditioning in insects-keep the trace!” Front Physiol. 4:67.