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Joel Levine

EEB Chair

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Lab Phone
DV 3045

Prospective Students:

I am currently accepting MSc and PhD students. Interested applicants should send a CV, an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills. Please check my lab website for additional details.


We study Drosophila to understand the interplay between genes, individual behaviour and the environment. How do we do this? The circadian timing system (a daily clock) has several inherited features that include input pathways for sensing time cues, oscillators for keeping time, and output pathways for generating “rhythms.” We study how flies keep time and how they share time cues with each other. Current data suggest that flies send out and receive time cues using chemical signals. We would like to understand this. This research about social influences on circadian rhythms in Drosophila shows one example of how groups affect individual behaviour and, perhaps, gene expression. We also plan to develop other examples towards defining the principles that relate group dynamics, individual behaviour and gene expression in humans.