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Spring Seminar Series – “Kay” Kyung-An Han
January 30, 2014 @ 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
Department of Entomology Seminar Series, Spring 2014
Thursday, January 30
4:00 p.m., Heep Center, Room 103
“Kay” Kyung-An Han, Ph.D
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas @ El Paso
Title: “Monoamines in flies: fitness of individuals and species”
Monoamines affect numerous physiological and behavioral processes including impulse control, motivation, learning, memory, motor control and reproduction that are critical for fitness of individuals and species. Our research focuses on two major monoamines, dopamine and octopamine (an invertebrate counterpart of mammalian norepinephrine) in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Our goals are 1) to uncover the neural mechanisms by which dopamine and octopamine mediate various types of behavioral plasticity, and 2) to elucidate the physiological and cellular mechanisms that octopamine regulates oviposition. Knowledge obtained in this study is likely to help develop new strategies for insect control. I will discuss recent progress in our research toward achieving the goals.
Hosted by: Cecilia Tamborindeguy (email@example.com; 845-7072)
Pre-Seminar Social and Refreshments at 3:30 p.m., 4th Floor Atrium, Minnie Belle Heep Center