Fruit Fly Brains


About This Project



Simplicity of gene expression data interpretation favors males, hence male lab animals are historically used more frequently in research projects. With this study, we challenge the validity and application of such practices by demonstrating that male and female animals differ in significant ways, even if reproduction is not directly involved. Our study aims to quantify metabolic brain gene expression between male and female fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) under several stressful conditions and highlight gender-specific coping mechanisms potentially relevant to human health. 

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Research Progress

Katie O'Connell microscope imaging of sexing Drosophila melanogaster. 

Our colleague, Katie O'Connell, presenting on sexual dimorphism in fruit flies. 

Brain mircodissection of D. melanogaster.