Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2020

Meet the Prizewinner

Awardee Roberto Bonasio will offer insights into his research project in a YouTube livestream event on November 4 from 6:00 p.m. CET – 18:00 (German time - Berlin).

To join the live chat, please visit Youtube: https://youtu.be/iQxeQo9E0gI

How can the same genes make workers and queens? A single genome gives rise to different cell types through "epigenetic" control of gene activity, which is particularly important in the brain. Ants are an ideal model to study brain epigenetics because workers and queens use the same genes to perform different behaviours. In Harpegnathos saltator ants, workers can become queens by turning on and off specific genes. This allows us to study how changes in gene expression regulate brain and behavioural plasticity in response to social information.

Meet the Prizewinner Roberto Bonasio | Livestream | November 4th, 6 pm (CET)

How can the same genes make workers and queens? A single genome gives rise to different cell types through "epigenetic" control of gene activity, which is particularly important in the brain. Ants are an ideal model to study brain epigenetics because workers and queens use the same genes to perform different behaviours. In Harpegnathos saltator ants, workers can become queens by turning on and off specific genes. This allows us to study how changes in gene expression regulate brain and behavioural plasticity in response to social information.

To join the live chat, please visit Youtube: https://youtu.be/iQxeQo9E0gI

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