Lectures and seminars Fysiologföreningen presents: Professor Gene Robinson
Understanding the Relationship Between Genes and Social Behavior: Sociogenomics and the Dynamic Genome
Professor Gene Robinson, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Swanlund Chair of Entomology and Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA
Dr. Robinson is well-known for his studies on the evolution and mechanisms of social behaviour in honey bees. This lecture will describe the roots of sociogenomics and how it provides a new framework for understanding the relationship between genes and behavior. The key discoveries underlying this framework will be described and discussed: 1) Brain gene expression is closely linked with behavior, across time scales, from physiological to evolutionary; 2) Environmentally induced changes in gene expression mediate changes in behavior; and 3) The relationship between genes and behavior is highly conserved, from animals to humans.
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