Current members

Ed Kravitz, PhD

Olga Alekseyenko, PhD

David Bochner

Sarah Certel, PhD

Yick-Bun Chan, PhD

Adelaine Leung, PhD

Jill Penn, PhD

Joanne Yew, PhD

Olga Alekseyenko, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Since I joined the Lab in September 2006, my research has been focused on understanding how neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin modulate aggression in Drosophila. By shutting down the neurotransmission in different groups of serotonin and/or dopamine neurons I am trying to isolate the specific neural circuits that control the onset and outcome of aggressive encounter.

When I have a science-free time, I enjoy being with my son and my husband.


Recent Publications:

1. Alekseyenko OV, Waters P, Zhou H, Baum MJ. (2007) Bilateral damage to the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic area/anterior hypothalamus of male ferrets causes a female-typical preference for and a hypothalamic Fos response to male body odors. Physiol Behav. 90(2-3):438-49.

2. Alekseyenko OV, Baum MJ, Cherry JA (2006) Sex and gonadal steroid modulation of pheromone receptor gene expression in the mouse vomeronasal organ. Neuroscience. 140(4):1349-57.

3. Nishijima I, Yamagata T, Spencer CM, Weeber EJ, Alekseyenko O, Sweatt JD, Momoi MY, Ito M, Armstrong DL, Nelson DL, Paylor R, Bradley A. (2006) Secretin receptor-deficient mice exhibit impaired synaptic plasticity and social behavior. Hum Mol Genet. 15(21):3241-50.

4. Spencer CM, Alekseyenko O, Serysheva E, Yuva-Paylor LA, Paylor R. (2005) Altered anxiety-related and social behaviors in the Fmr1 knockout mouse model of fragile X syndrome. Genes Brain Behav. 4(7):420-30