University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN United States
Areas of Expertise:
Genetics, physiology, neuroscience, functional imaging
Drosophila and various other fly species, cephalopods
The Wardill Lab use the model animal, Drosophila melanogaster to identify visual circuit components and then apply the knowledge gained (from genetic, physiology and behavioral experiments) to locate analogous circuits in other fly species, such as Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) and Killer flies (Coenosia attenuata). Taking this comparative approach allows us to reveal general principles of circuit function. The lab also investigates how cephalopods detect and express various forms of signals on their skin (movement, colour, pattern, polarization, and 3D shapes). This research is currently in collaboration with Roger Hanlon at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA. The lab uses advanced methods in genetics, 2-photon imaging and behavioral quantification and are seeking interest from PhD students.