Yehuda Ben-Shahar, PhD


Neurosciences Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program
Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Program

Research Abstract:

We study the evolutionary, genetic, molecular, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying the interaction of animals with their physical and social environments. We use the powerful genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster, the emerging model for social behaviors, the European honey bee Apis mellifera, and mammalian models to ask where, when, and how genome evolution, and the function of specific genes, cell types, and neuronal circuits affect behavioral plasticity and the behavioral response to specific environmental and social stimuli.

Selected Publications:

Ben-Shahar Y (2015) How nervous systems generate behavior: lessons from insects Current Opinions in Insect Science. 12:v–vii.

*McKinney RM, *Vernier C, and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) The neural basis for insect pheromonal communication. Current Opinions in Insect Science 12:86-92. *Equal contribution.

Søvik E, Bloch G and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) Function and evolution of microRNAs in eusocial Hymenoptera. Frontiers in Genetics 6:193.

Søvik E, Perry CJ, LaMora A, Barron AB and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) Negative impact of manganese on honey bee foraging. Biology Letters. 11: 20140989.

Ben-Shahar Y (2014) A piggyBac route to transgenic honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111:8708–8709.

Zheng X, Valakh V, DiAntonio A and Ben-Shahar Y (2014) Natural antisense transcripts regulate the neuronal stress response and excitability. eLife eLife:2014:3:e01849.

Lu B, Zelle KM, Selzer R, Hefetz A and Ben-Shahar Y (2014) Feminization of pheromone-sensing neurons affects mating decisions in Drosophila males. Biology Open 3:152-160.

Gu X, Karp PH, Brody SL, Pierce RA, Welsh MJ, Holtzman MJ and Ben-Shahar Y. (2014) Chemosensory functions for human pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 50:637-646.

Greenberg JK, Xia J, Zhang W, Thatcher S, Ament S, Newman T, Green P, Robinson GE and Ben-Shahar Y. (2012) Behavioral plasticity in honey bees is associated with major differences in brain microRNA transcriptome. Genes, Brain, and Behavior 6: 660-670.

Lu B, LaMora A, Sun Y, Welsh MJ and Ben-Shahar Y. (2012) ppk23-dependent chemosensory functions contribute to courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS Genetics 8(3): e1002587.

Last Updated: 8/23/2016 1:32:22 PM

Sexually dimorphic axonal projections of pheromone receptor neurons in Drosophila
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