Kenta Asahina, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
March 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Neuromodulation of the social brain
Kenta Asahina, Associate Professor, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Neuromodulators are key regulators of brain function and behavior. Unlike fast-acting neurotransmitters, biogenic amines and neuropeptides can influence target neurons in multiple ways, affecting levels of activity, patterns of activity, and gene expression for minutes and even days. This property is important for controlling social behaviors, during which an animal must assess the intent of other individuals while at the same time taking into account its own needs and motivations. The goal of our research program is to understand how neuromodulators influence cost/benefit calculations during social interactions. We are using the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), which offers powerful genetic tools and rich genomic and connectomic resource for uncovering neural motifs that play critical roles in modulating social behaviors. In this talk, I will focus on how neuromodulators integrate social experiences and hunger during aggressive interactions.
Join us on Monday, March 25 at 1:30 PM in Stephens Room (3503 Thomas Hall) and ZOOM for the Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series.
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