Brain plasticity in butterflies

We are interested in the development and plasticity of the butterfly brain when exposed to environments of different complexity.

Principal Investigator: Mikael Carlsson
Contributing Researcher: Maertha Eriksson

 

 

 

 

Chemical search images

We are interested in how insects know what is a host and what is a non-host, i.e. how information, particularly chemical, is categorized in the brain.

Principal Investigator: Mikael Carlsson
Contributing Researchers: Maertha Eriksson, Thomas Verschut

 

 

 

 

Diapause mechanisms

We study the hormonal and neuronal mechanisms behind pupal diapause in the butterfly Pieris napi.

Principal Investigator: Mikael Carlsson
Contributing Researcher: Philipp Lehmann

 

 

 

 

Drosophila dormancy and aging

In collaboration with several other groups in the department we study genomics and mechanisms underlying diapause in insects. Our main interest is adult diapause in Drosophila with special focus on how this life cycle adaptation slows down aging.

Principal Investigator: Dick Nässel
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Drosophila insulin signaling

We study the role of Drosophila insulin-like peptides in regulation of cell growth, stress responses, aging and lifespan.

Principal Investigator: Dick Nässel
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Neuropeptides and endocrine regulations in the water flea Daphnia

We study neuroanatomy and neurosecretory neurons in water fleas Daphnia to understand the physiological basis of impacts of chemical substances in human-borne water pollutants.

Principal Investigator: Heinrich Dircksen
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Neuropeptides and stress

As part of an EU financed project (Horizon 2020; nEUROSTRESSPEP) studying roles of neuropeptides in vital functions in pest insects, we use Drosophila as a genetic model to investigate how neuropeptides regulate stress responses.

Principal Investigator: Dick Nässel
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