Neurobiology and Genetics

Koustubh Vaze

Research Interest

Insects undergo ‘diapause’ a physiological state characterized by low metabolic rate and arrest of growth, reproduction to survive the hardship of winter. It is well known that diapause is induced by shortening day-length in autumn.  However, the mechanisms underlying day (or night) length measurement have remained elusive. I am trying to understand these mechanisms by using a judicious mixture of behavioural analysis, modelling, genetics and immuno-histochemistry in northern Drosophila species.