Christen Mirth

Principal Investigator

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.

Michelle Henstridge

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Gonçalo Poças

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Nuno Soares

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Ansa Cobham

PhD Candidate

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.

Teresa Kutz

PhD Candidate

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.

André Nogueira Alves

PhD Candidate

My research addresses the molecular mechanisms through which changes in the amino acid composition of the diet alter fecundity.

Avishikta Chakraborty

PhD Candidate

I am interested in the relative contributions of behaviour and development in generating phenotypic variation across environmental conditions.

Jade Kannangara

PhD Candidate

My project aims to identify novel peptide hormones that control ecdysone biosynthesis.

Helen Rushby

PhD Candidate

I’m interested in the role of olfaction in modulating feeding behaviour in flies and mice.