How does the brain convert sensory stimuli into meaningful representations, and how do these representations drive behavioral responses?


To solve these questions, 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.


Drosophila, with its relatively simple nervous system, robust and complex mating behaviors, amenability for in vivo electrophysiology, and large genetic and molecular toolkit offers an ideal system in which to examine questions about sensory coding and behavior.





Location:

Mala’s Office: PNI A53

Lab: PNI A87-91



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SOME LAB NEWS:

2014:

Mala attends the BRAIN Initiative Kick-Off Meeting in Bethesda, MD.


Mala is invited to the White House to attend an event celebrating the BRAIN Initiative!

For more information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/brain-initiative


Mala is awarded a 2014 NIH New Innovator Award.

For more information: http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/index


New postdoctoral fellows, David (Dudi) Deutsch (PhD, Weizmann Institute) and Adam Calhoun (PhD, UCSD) join the Murthy lab. Welcome to both!


Mala, along with her collaborators Bill Bialek and Josh Shaevitz, is awarded a grant from the NSF in the first round of BRAIN Initiative funding.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132371


New paper on song patterning decisions in Drosophila accepted at Nature!


Murthy lab moves to the new Neuroscience Institute Building: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S38/30/72Q73/index.xml?section=topstories


2013:

Mala, in collaboration with Susanne Schreiber, wins a grant from the Princeton-Humboldt strategic partnership fund.

For more information: http://www.princeton.edu/international/partnerships/council/strategic-partnerships/princeton-humboldt-partne/


Jan Clemens is awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - Congrats Jan!


Andrew Weinstein awarded one of two '43 Brinster Prizes for the most outstanding Neuroscience undergraduate theses. Congrats Andrew!


Mala receives a special grant from the PNI Innovation Fund.

For more information: http://www.princeton.edu/neuroscience/research/pni-innovation-fund/


Mala, with her collaborator Simone Marchesi (Italian Studies), wins a grant from the Princeton Magic Fund, to support collaborations between the sciences and humanities at Princeton.

For more information: http://humanities.princeton.edu/grants


New paper on Drosophila courtship song (collaboration between Murthy and Stern labs) published in BMC Biology!


2012:

Undergraduate Tristan Perez joins the lab for her senior thesis - Welcome Tristan!


Amanda Crocker receives an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NIGMS - Congrats Amanda!

For more information: http://www.nigms.nih.gov


Pip Coen receives an HHMI International Student Research Fellowship - congrats Pip!

For more information: http://www.hhmi.org/grants/individuals/intl_fellows.html


Diego Pacheco passes his qualifying exam - congrats to PhD candidate Diego!


Mala receives a McKnight Foundation Scholar Award.

For more information: http://www.mcknight.org/neuroscience/


Mala receives a Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences.

For more information: http://www.klingfund.org/


New paper on the neural representations of courtship song in the Drosophila brain published in the Journal of Neuroscience!


2011:

Undergraduate Andrew Weinstein joins the lab for his senior thesis - Welcome Andrew!


Mala receives a grant from the Princeton-Oxford Collaborative Research Fund, along with her collaborator Scott Waddell.

For more information: http://www.princeton.edu/international/partnerships/linkages/oxford/


Pip Coen and Kelly LaRue pass their qualifying exams - congrats to PhD candidates Pip and Kelly!


Cyrille Girardin receives a Marie Curie International Postdoctoral Fellowship -- Congrats Cyrille!

For more information: http://cordis.europa.eu/mariecurie-actions/oif/home.html


Mala receives a Human Frontiers Young Investigator Award, along with three of her collaborators.

For more information: http://www.hfsp.org/awardees/newly-awarded


2010:

Mala receives an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

For more information: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships


Three Princeton undergraduates join the Murthy lab - Rogelio (for his senior thesis) and Christine and Salmaan (sophomores) - Welcome!


Mala receives an NSF CAREER Award.

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214


May 2010: Murthy Lab opens!

May 2013

April 2014