My research is focused on the genetic basis of behavior. My specific research goal is to investigate the molecular, genetic and cellular basis of the sense of smell, using the fruit fly, Drosophilia melanogaster, as a model system. The sense of smell, or olfaction, is crucial for animals to find food, avoid predators and to find potential mates. Understanding the sense of smell is a fundamental question in neuroscience, as it relates to the mechanisms by which stimuli are coded by the sensory nervous system. It is especially worthwhile to investigate the basis of olfaction in insects, since pest insects use their sense of smell to find crops and blood-feeding insects use their sense of smell to find crops and blood-feeding use their sense of smell to find their hosts. I use various approaches in my research, such as classical genetics, molecular biology and behavioral analysis.