As of January 1, 2017, Tim Lebestky has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
His research investigates the relationship between dopamine receptors and behavior in fruit flies. The Lebestky lab’s studies of arousal and grooming provide important parallels for human behavior. If you want to learn more about this work, here are some links to recent publications from the lab:
Kim S, Tellez K, Buchan G, Lebestky T (2016) Fly Stampede 2.0: A next generation optomotor assay for walking behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.
Pitmon E, Stephens G, Parkhurst SJ, Wolf FW, Kehne G, Taylor M, Lebestky T (2016) The D1 family dopamine receptor, DopR, potentiates hind leg grooming behavior in Drosophila. Genes Brain and Behavior.
Jiang Y, Pitmon E, Berry J, Wolf FW, McKenzie Z, Lebestky T (2016) A genetic screen to assess dopamine receptor (DopR1) dependent sleep regulation in Drosophila. Genes Genomes Genetics.