The common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) has been a mainstay of the biology laboratory since the early 1900s, serving as an excellent model organism for studying the transmission of genetic traits. Today, it is much, much more - its genome has been sequenced, molecular techniques are used to study its genes, and its neural circuitry has been studied. It is now used across many different fields of the biological sciences. No one knows more about the versatility of Drosophila as a research organism than the newest biology faculty in Brooklyn, Dr. Pam Lovejoy and Dr. Bor-Shuen Wang. Dr. Lovejoy’s work with fruit flies has focused on environmental impacts on genetics and behavior while Dr. Wang, who has spent years studying the neurobiology of the senses in mice, has made the switch to fruit flies since coming to SJNY. Their collaboration has provided research opportunities for over fifteen of our biology majors so far.
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Research instruments are critical to the work that our students and faculty are doing and the Drosophila Activity Monitoring System is one such instrument. Please consider donating to our efforts to continue giving our students high quality, innovative research experiences in the biological sciences.