Dr Gregory Jefferis

University Position
Programme Leader


Our broad goal is to understand how smell turns into behaviour in the fruit fly brain. We use a combination of genetic labelling and manipulation, targeted in vivo whole cell patch clamp recording and high resolution neuroanatomy to study olfactory circuits. Key interests include understanding how third order olfactory neurons of the lateral horn integrate information from specific olfactory channels. This process of selective integration is the fundamental unit of perception and is likely to underlie innate behavioural responses to general odours and sex pheromones. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the group.

Key Publications


Circuits for integrating learned and innate valences in the insect brain.

Journal: Elife
E-pub date: 10 Nov 2021
Authors: C Eschbach, A Fushiki, M Winding, B Afonso, IV Andrade, BT Cocanougher, K Eichler, R Gepner, G Si, J Valdes-Aleman, RD Fetter, M Gershow, GS Jefferis, AD Samuel, JW Truman, A Cardona, M Zlatic