Seminar on "Neuro-Genetics of Emotional Behaviors"

27 October 2017

Neuro-Genetics of Emotional Behaviors

Hasan Demirci, Ph.D., Stanford University

October 27, 2017 (Friday); 15:00

Boğaziçi University North Campus, North Park Building 3rd floor, KP 315 (Seminar Room)

About the Seminar: Mood disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric illness. Rodents behaviors have heavily been used as preclinical models to find possible mechanisms of these disorders. Despite more than five decades of research using rodent models, clinics outcome of these efforts has been disappointing. Emotional states are shared between human and animals, as observed by behavioral manifestation, physiological responses and gene conservation. Modelling mood disorders with a small neurogenetic animal will further aid in the elucidation of the molecular and neuronal basis of these disorders. At Duke-NUS, I am genetically targeting dopaminergic cells in Drosophila flies for self-stimulation experiments and have Identified VTA/NaC like structure in fruit flies which encode reward and punishment. In this seminar, I will be presenting my work to show that rodent neurogenetic research may be complemented by Drosophila neurogenetic models and can be used to produce novel insights into the research on emotional behaviors.