The Tracey Lab


Our lab is interested in mechanisms that allow innate behaviors to be encoded by genomes.  Many behaviors are innate, from the courtship ritual of fruitflies to the suckling of a newborn human infant.    We work at many different levels,  from the molecule to the behavior.  

We are located in the Gill Center for Biomolecular Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington on the second floor of the MSB II Building.

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Photo caption:  Depth-coded confocal micrograph of the Class IV multidendritic neurons in Drosophila larvae.  research in our laboratory has shown that the function of these cells is to detect mechanical and thermal pain.   Live imaging performed by Dr. Ken Honjo PhD.


Molecular Neuroscience of Drosophila