Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

Anandasankar (Anand) Ray

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Office: (951) 827-5988
2234B Genomics Bldg.
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Email: anand.ray@ucr.edu

Anandasankar (Anand) Ray, Ph.D.

2005 Yale Univeristy, Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology


The main focus of this laboratory is to understand the molecular, neuronal and physiological basis of insect chemoreception and behavior. At the first level we would like to study odor receptor protein function. At the second level, we would like to analyze neuronal circuits in the brain that are involved in generating odor guided behaviors. Finally we would like to investigate the mechanisms underlying olfactory system development.

Most insects can detect and discriminate between a wide variety of odorants which is critical for a number of behaviors like finding food, mating, and oviposition. Odor molecules are detected by 7-transmembrane Odor Receptor proteins present on the surface of neurons in the olfactory organs. A large family of 60 Odor receptor (Or) genes was first identified in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster,which subsequently enabled the identification of similar families from genomes of several other insect species. The odor responses of individual odor receptors can be analyzed in great detail using an array of powerful molecular, genetic, bioinformatic and physiological means. Our lab will employ these approaches to address a number of important problems in entomology and neuroscience.

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