The annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Seminar will feature Gerald M. Rubin. The seminar will be held in G10 Biotechnology on Sept. 23, 2021 at 4pm. The seminar title will be:
Generating and using wiring diagrams of brain: Lessons from the Drosophila connectome
Gerald Rubin is a Senior Group Leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Research Campus. He is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Genetics, Emeritus, at University of California Berkeley. His early work pioneered tools for germ line transformation using P-element transposons in the fruit fly Drosophila. This and other genetic tools allowed him to reveal signaling pathways downstream of tyrosine kinases. He went on to lead the project to sequence the fly genome. In recent years he has focused on revealing principles of how the brain gathers, stores and processes information. Rubin and his team develop advanced tools and methods to find, map, and analyze the neuronal circuits underlying learning, memory, sleep regulation, visual perception, and female-female aggression in Drosophila.