Denise Ferkey, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Regulatory mechanisms that control animal behavior

Research Summary

Our research is directed towards understanding the regulatory mechanisms that control animal behavior. Using C. eleganssensory behavior (e.g. chemosensation) as a model, we study the regulation of G protein-coupled signal transduction pathways as well as the mechanisms by which the neurotransmitter dopamine modulates signaling and behavior.

Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ellison Medical Foundation.