Changes in circuit motif during evolution of a species-specific behavior - BIOL 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Tomoko Ohyama

Supervisor's Email: tomoko.ohyama [at]

Supervisor's Phone: x2124

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Biology

Course number: BIOL 396 (Biology)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: January 9, 2018

Project end date: April 16, 2018

Project title: Changes in circuit motif during evolution of a species-specific behavior

Project description (50-100 words suggested): How do behaviors change over the course of evolution?  To answer this question we will analyze the behavior and circuit relationship.  We found that D. Santomea strongly escape more than D. melanogaster.  The student will reconstruct the neurons that involved in escape behavior in D. Santomea from focus ion beam electron microscope images.  Then student will compare the circuit between D. Santomea and D. melanogaster.  This experiments reveals the mechanisms that contributed to the divergence of behavior.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): laboratory performance 40%, report 50%, attending the lab meeting 10%.

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

How students can apply / Next steps: For BIOL: After all parts of this application form are completed, and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring this application form and your unofficial transcript to Susan Gabe (Stewart Biology W3/25B) or Nancy Nelson (W3/25) during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.