on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 2:49 | by Anders Eriksson
Fussl was crossed with either Stinger (ctrl) or a UAS-TNT line to block the synaptric transmission of the Fussl positive neurons. A third construct was used but did not yield any data due to difficulties with their flight performance. The Fussl-Stinger along with Fussl-TNT flies do also show difficulties in flying. These differences will be assessed.
The experiment was done as a pilot experiment before doing a larger scale.
The data is a bit inconsistent but shows a positive and reassuring numerical difference. The control is a bit lower than expected, compared to WTB flies (showing usually a PI 0f 0.6). The flies have a slightly different background than wtb flies and have pale orange eyes (still no apparent impairments in vision). Further experiments will be conducted before proceeding with a larger sample size of the flies.
on Monday, July 30th, 2018 2:08 | by Amanda Torres
on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 1:55 | by Anders Eriksson
on Friday, April 29th, 2016 10:25 | by Björn Brembs
Our graduate student, Christian Rohrsen, was so fortunate to receive grant funding for a six-month research stay in the laboratory of Benjamin de Bivort at Harvard University. All of us here are very excited at this opportunity and are wishing him all the best of luck with his projects there!
With all our undergraduate students graduating and our graduate student on research leave, the lab has now shrunk to two people plus our technician. Looks like it’s going to be lonely for a while.
on | by Björn Brembs
I just received the Bachelor theses from Isabelle Steymans and Bianca Birk. Both have worked tirelessly and diligently on their respective projects, but with very different outcomes. While both outcomes are very useful, one managed to answer a scientific question, while the other showed that the method we tried did not work. Research often is this unfair, with discovery acting more like a capricious belladonna than even a lottery. Research results are, of course, impossible to predict, so the difference in outcome will not affect their grades.
We are very happy with the work of these two students, we enjoyed their time with us and hope they also enjoyed their research here in our lab. All the best to you two!
on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 10:55 | by Björn Brembs
Two students have recently left our lab, Katrin Hofweber and Amelie Rödel. Katrin was a master’s student working on the role of dopaminergic neurons in reward/punishment using optogenetics. Amelie’s task was to find out what, if any, temperature had on the photopreference of flies. She summarized her work in her Bachelor thesis entitled “Temperature impact on phototactic preference in Drosophila melanogaster“
Farewell you two, we enjoyed having you in the lab and will always be happy seeing you again. Good luck and all the best!
on Friday, March 4th, 2016 5:00 | by Björn Brembs
He worked tirelessly to collect data on spontaneous flight behavior using strokelitude. We have enjoyed his visit tremendously and wish him all the best in his future research endeavors. Many thanks, Pablo!