Professor of molecular Physiology and behaviour
"I apply molecular genetics to study how nervous system signaling alters behaviour"
Research: Using the microscopic worm C.elegans as a model, we apply molecular genetic techniques to manipulate signaling molecules (neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and their receptors) within cells of the nervous system. Single protein alterations can change locomotion, sensory perception and metabolism in a manner similar to human diseases such as epilepsy, narcolepsy and obesity.
Teaching: I teach the molecular component of 2nd year Genetics, 4th year ‘Current topics in Molecular Biology’ and train students in the 4th year thesis course. I am cross-appointed to Neuroscience, taught ‘Developmental Biology’, and an ‘Aquaculture Field Course’ in Thailand.
Course Topics: Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Developmental pattern formation, Crustacean endocrinology