Research Focus


  • Drosophila Neurogenetics
  • Pheromones
  • Social Behaviour
  • Connectomics
  • Neural Circuits
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Behavioural analysis
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    Dr Dana Galili

    University Position
    Research Associate


    Did you ever wonder what makes males and females respond differently to the same stimulus? Sex differences are basic for reproduction, parenting and other social interactions. I work on Drosophila sexually dimorphic behaviours and their underlying neuronal circuity. specifically, I use neurogenetic, physiology and neuroanatomy tools to study how different connectivity patterns between male and female flies enable separate behavioural responses to pheromonal stimuli.

    a male Drosophila secretes a low-volatile pheromone, which is picked up by a nearby female.

    The female processes pheromonal information via parallel neuronal pathways devoted to either identify or locate the male. Illustration: Elfy Chiang, LMB Visual Aids.

    Key Publications

    Generating parallel representations of position and identity in the olfactory system

    Journal: Cell
    Year: 2023
    Authors: István Taisz , Erika Donà, Daniel Münch, Shanice N Bailey, Billy J Morris, Kimberly I Meechan, Katie M Stevens, Irene Varela-Martínez, Marina Gkantia, Philipp Schlegel, Carlos Ribeiro, Gregory S X E Jefferis, Dana S Galili

    Converging circuits mediate temperature and shock aversive olfactory conditioning in Drosophila

    Journal: Current Biology
    Year: 201
    Authors: Galili DS, Dylla KV, Lüdke A, Friedrich AB, Yamagata N, Wong JH, Ho CH, Szyszka P, Tanimoto H

    Olfactory trace conditioning in Drosophila

    Journal: Journal of Neuroscience
    Year: 2011
    Authors: Galili DS, Lüdke A, Galizia CG, Szyszka P, Tanimoto H


    Brain Science, Net Zero and the Black Sea

    Journal: Centre for Science and Policy
    Year: 2023
    Authors: Zelna Weich, Jie Lin Li and Dana Galili

    Connectomics and the neural basis of behaviour

    Journal: Current Opinion of Insect Science
    Year: 2022
    Authors: Galili DS, Jefferis GSXE, Costa M

    Behavior: Why Male Flies Sing Different Songs

    Journal: Current Biology
    Year: 2019
    Authors: Galili DS, Jefferis JSXE

    Control of chronic excessive alcohol drinking by genetic manipulation of the Edinger-Westphal nucleus urocortin-1 neuropeptide system

    Journal: Translational Psychiatry
    Year: 2017
    Authors: Giardino WJ, Rodriguez ED, Smith ML, Ford MM, Galili D, Mitchell SH, Chen A, Ryabinin AE

    Trace conditioning in insects – Keep the trace!

    Journal: Front Physiol. - Invertebrate Physiology
    Year: 2013
    Authors: Dylla KV, Galili DS, Szyszka P, Lüdke A

    Role of endosomal Na+, K+-ATPase and cardiac steroids in the regulation of endocytosis

    Journal: Am J Physiol Cell Physiol.
    Year: 2007
    Authors: Feldmann T, Glukmann V, Friedman E, Shpolansky U, Galili D, Lichtstein D, Rosen H

    Involvement of Na+, K+-ATPase and Endogenous Digitalis-Like Compounds in Depressive Disorders

    Journal: Biological Psychiatry
    Year: 2006
    Authors: Goldstein I, Levy T, Galili D, Ovadia H, Yirmiya R, Rosen H, Lichtstein D

    4-(3'alpha15'beta-dihydroxy-5'beta-estran-17'beta-yl)furan-2-methyl alcohol: an anti-digoxin agent with a novel mechanism of action

    Journal: J Med Chem
    Year: 2004
    Authors: Deutsch J, Jang HG, Mansur N, Ilovich O, Shpolansky U, Galili D, Feldman T, Rosen H, Lichtstein D