Understanding the Relationship Between Genes and Social Behavior: Lessons from the Honey Bee

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Simons Foundation Lectures are free public colloquia related to basic science and mathematics. These high-level talks are intended for professors, students, postdocs and business professionals, but interested people from the metropolitan area are welcome as well.

The study of genes and social behavior is still a young field. In this lecture, Gene E. Robinson will discuss some of the first insights to emerge that describe the relationship between them. These include the surprisingly close relationship between brain gene expression and specific behavioral states; social regulation of brain gene expression; control of social behavior by context-dependent rewiring of brain transcriptional regulatory networks; and evolutionarily conserved genetic toolkits for social behavior that span insects, fish and mammals.

About the Speaker

Gene E. Robinson (Ph.D. 1986, Cornell University) pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior and founded the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. He is the director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Swanlund Chair of Entomology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Robinson serves on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and his honors include: Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award; Fellow, Animal Behavior Society; Fellow, Entomological Society of America, Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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