Projects in my group cover a broad range of topics: understanding how environmental factors affect body size and shape, determining how the organs of the body coordinate their growth and patterning, investigating how environmental factors affect foraging choice, and finally exploring the evolution of plasticity.
My research aims to use Drosophila as a model to understand how different nutritional inputs regulate secretion of the peptide hormone insulin. I am also interested in identifying novel genes that are required for insulin production and secretion in both Drosophila and mammals.
My research aims to investigate the neural regulation of larval feeding behaviour in Drosophila melanogaster. I explore how neuronal activity affects feeding behaviour including burrowing rates and the rate of food consumption.
I am interested in how species adapt to new ecological niches. I am using D. suzukii and other Drosophilids to address both nutritional and morphological adaptations to ripe versus rotten fruit.
I am studying the morphological changes that give rise to differences in brain shape and size during development using Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans. Furthermore, I’m interested in understanding the genetic mechanisms regulating brain size and shape.
I’m interested in how diet composition can help animals adapt to changing climatic conditions. I use Drosophila melanogaster as model organism to study the interaction between nutrition and thermo-tolerance.
I am interested in inter-organ communication. Currently, I am exploring the effects of multiple environmental stimuli on body size regulation.
I am interested in understanding the genetic pathways through which environmental conditions alter developmental timing and body size.
André Nogueira Alves
My research interests include understanding how animals coordinate robust developmental processes, like patterning, with plastic processes, like growth, to ensure organs have the correct structure independent of variation in size.
I am interested in how chemosensory perception determines patterns of feeding behaviour.
My project explores how the regulation of organ growth and patterning changes over developmental time.