Murthy Lab

Murthy lab research
Principal Investigator
Mala Murthy
PNI, 252
609-258-2156
Neural Mechanisms Underlying Social Communication in Flies

We focus primarily on the acoustic communication system of Drosophila. Similar to other animals, flies produce and process patterned sounds during their mating ritual: typically males generate courtship songs via wing vibration, while females arbitrate mating decisions. Sensory processing plays a role not only in detecting and responding to species-specific songs, but also in generating these dynamic acoustic signals...