Alessandro Didonna East Carolina University
80 protocols

Allan-Hermann Pool California Institute of Technology
4 protocols

Divya Sitaraman Psychological Sc, University of San Diego, USA
2 protocols

Imre Gáspár INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY, IMBA, Vienna
21 protocols

Editor
Sunanda Marella
  • Research associate, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research focus
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics, Neurobiology, Developmental Biology

Education

Ph.D, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, 2003

Lab information

Simpson Lab
https://labs.mcdb.ucsb.edu/simpson/julie/members/marella

Publications

Marella S, Fischler W, Kong P, Asgarian S, Rueckert E, Scott K.
Imaging taste responses in the fly brain reveals a functional map of taste category and behavior.
Neuron. 2006 49(2):285-95.

Fischler W, Kong P, Marella S, Scott K.
The detection of carbonation by the Drosophila gustatory system.
Nature. 2007 448(7157):1054-7.
Marella S, Mann K, Scott K.
Dopaminergic modulation of sucrose acceptance behavior in Drosophila.
Neuron. 2012 8;73(5):941-50.
Engel GL, Marella S, Kaun KR, Wu J, Adhikari P, Kong EC, Wolf FW.
Sir2/Sirt1 Links Acute Inebriation to Presynaptic Changes and the Development of Alcohol Tolerance, Preference, and Reward.
J Neurosci. 2016 May 11;36(19):5241-51.
6 Protocols reviewed
Optogenetic Tuning of Protein-protein Binding in Bilayers Using LOVTRAP
Authors:  Doug Tischer and Orion D. Weiner, date: 09/05/2020, view: 4080, Q&A: 0
Modern microscopy methods are powerful tools for studying live cell signaling and biochemical reactions, enabling us to observe when and where these reactions take place from the level of a cell down to single molecules. With microscopy, each cell ...
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Phototactic T-maze Behavioral Assay for Comparing the Functionality of Color-sensitive Photoreceptor Subtypes in the Drosophila Visual System
Authors:  Hunter S. Shaw, Joe Larkin and Yong Rao, date: 03/20/2020, view: 2908, Q&A: 0
The Drosophila retina contains light-sensitive photoreceptors (R cells) with distinct spectral sensitivities that allow them to distinguish light by its spectral composition. R7 and R8 photoreceptors are important for color vision, and can ...
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4 Protocols edited
MiniSOG2-mediated Specific Photoablation of Motor Neurons in Ascidian Embryos
Authors:  Madoka K. Utsumi, Taichi Akahoshi, Kotaro Oka and Kohji Hotta, date: 10/20/2022, view: 717, Q&A: 0

When understanding the neuronal function of a specific neural circuit, single-cell level photoablation of a targeted cell is one of the useful experimental approaches. This protocol describes a method to photoablate specific motor neurons via the

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Aerotaxis Assay in Caenorhabditis elegans to Study Behavioral Plasticity
Authors:  Qiaochu Li, Daniel-Cosmin Marcu, Paul H. Dear and Karl Emanuel Busch, date: 08/20/2022, view: 952, Q&A: 0

C. elegans shows robust and reproducible behavioral responses to oxygen. Specifically, worms prefer O2 levels of 5–10% and avoid too high or too low O2. Their O2 preference is not fixed but shows plasticity depending on experience, context, or

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