Exploring neural circuits and genetic basis for reward system in Drosophila
To characterize the neurocircuits and genetic basis for the reward-related behaviors, I’m performing large-scale screens for neurons that are involved in the reward behaviors in Drosophila. I’m also working on discovering the functions of neuropeptides and their receptors in the reward system.
Lisha received her PhD degree in neuroscience from Tsinghua University in China, under the supervision of Dr. Yi Zhong. During her PhD study, she used Drosophila models to investigate neural disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Her work revealed the neurophysiological and behavioral functions of disease genes, such as Aß42, dysbindin, and DISC1. She joined Janelia as a postdoctoral associate in Sep 2013.