Professor Barry Dickson
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Title: “Wired for sex: the neurobiology of Drosophila reproductive behaviours”


Reproduction in most animal species involves complex rituals for courtship, mating, and post-mating behaviours. These behaviours are robust, innate, and sexually dimorphic, making them attractive model systems for understanding how genetic programs direct the assembly of neural circuits, and how activity in neural circuits generates behaviour. In Drosophila, sex-specific behaviours are controlled by the neural sex-determination gene fruitless, which is expressed in ~2000 neurons in each sex. These neurons are organized into sexually dimorphic circuits which produce the distinct reproductive behaviours of males and females. I will present our research investigating the structure and function of these circuits, and how fruitless makes them different between the sexes.


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