CMB Student Wins Fullbright!


By cihak
Oct 24, 2012 Bookmark and Share

Aaron Talsma, an undergraduate in the Shafer Lab and Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) major, has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for his work "Getting Lucky: Determining How the Male Courtship Song Contributes to Arousal in Drosophila." He is currently working in Barry Dickson's lab at The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna under the auspices of the award. Aaron is one of fifteen U.S. Fulbright students at Austrian Universities. 

The Dickson Lab uses molecular genetic techniques to study the function of neural circuits in Drosophila. Their goal is to understand how information processing in defined neural circuits generates complex animal behaviors. As a model system, the lab focuses on the fly's mating behaviors. These behaviors are robust, adaptive, and particularly amenable to genetic analysis. 

Aaron also published his undergraduate thesis work in PNAS as sole first author: "Remote control of renal physiology by the intestinal neuropeptide pigment-dispersing factor in Drosophila." Read the publication:http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/07/06/1200247109.short

Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, supported for more than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by the people of partner nations. The Fulbright Fellowships offer up to one academic year of support for study and/or research in academic fields and the creative and performing arts. Applicants propose their own research and/or graduate study project and find their own host affiliation.