"The neurobiology of Drosophila mating behaviours" with Dr Barry Dickson

Past Event

09 October 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This lecture is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on Mind and Machine and the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

The behavioural rituals that animals perform as they seek out their mates provide ideal models to study the neural control of complex goal-directed behaviours. They are innate, robust, and sexually dimorphic, reflecting the activation of genetically-determined sexually-dimorphic circuits. Barry Dickson will present his current understanding of the neural circuits that control mating in Drosophila, which include sexually-dimorphic components for sensory integration, decision-making, and action selection.

For further information, please contact Fiona Woods at fiona.woods@cncb.ox.ac.uk

About the speaker

Barry Dickson was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD with Ernst Hafen in Zürich. Following a postdoctoral position with Corey Goodman at the University of California, Berkeley, he began his independent career at the University of Zürich. He subsequently moved to the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, where he served as Director from 2006 until 2013. He is now a group leader at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.