Yehuda Ben-Shahar Ph.D.

Yehuda Ben-Shahar Ph.D.

We study the evolutionary, genetic, molecular, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying the interaction of animals with their physical and social environments.

Associate Professor
Biology

Neurosciences Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program


  • Behavioral genetics, Evolutionary neurogenetics, Drosophila, Ion channels, Molecular genetics, Neurobiology, Neuroethology, Sensory systems


  • We study the evolutionary, genetic, molecular, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms underlying the interaction of animals with their physical and social environments. We use the powerful genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster, the emerging model for social behaviors, the European honey bee Apis mellifera, and mammalian models to ask where, when, and how the function of specific genes, cell types, and neuronal circuits affect behavioral plasticity and the behavioral response to specific environmental and social stimuli.