News & Publications

Recent news

We recently published in Cell Reports about our breakthrough discovery of how synaptic machinery is altered with clinical anaeshetics.

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Leonie was recently published in ABC news for her research on sleep and why not getting enough of it is important.

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Melvyn recently had his PhD conferred and is now a full-fledged Dr! Melvyn will be giving his exit seminar 8th of Novermber 2017. Congratulations, Melvyn!

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were awarded the nobel prize for their discovery of the clock gene which regulates circadian rhythm.

Leonie featured in ABC news!

Congratulations, Melvyn!

Nobel prize for clock genes

Melvyn's Nature Communications paper 

was recently published, discussing the oscillatory behaviour of sleeping fruit

flies. Read it here -

Nature Communications

Cell Reports

Melvyn's accolade

Melvyn's Nature Communications paper was awarded QBI's best student publication prize for 2017. Congratulations, Melvyn!

Recent publications

Acute control of the sleep switch in Drosophila reveals a role for gap junctions in regulating behavioral responsiveness .

Troup, M., Yap, M.H., Rohrscheib, C., Grabowska, M., Ertekin, D., Randeniya, R., Kottler, B. Larkin, A., Munro, K. Shaw. P.J., van Swinderen, B.

2018 eLife

Trapping of Syntaxin1a in Presynaptic Nanoclusters by a Clinically Relevant General Anesthetic.

Bademosi, AT, Steeves, J, Karunanithi, S, Gormal, RS, Liu, S, Lauwers, E, Verstreken, P, Anggono, V, Meunier, FA & van Swinderen, B

2018 Cell Reports

DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.12.054

Oscillatory brain activity in spontaneous and induced sleep stages in flies. 

Melvyn Yap, Martyna Grabowska, Chelsie Rohrscheib, Rhiannon Jeans, Michael Troup, Angelique Paulk, Bart van Alphen, Paul Shaw & van Swinderen, B

2017 Nature Communications


Transient Dysregulation of Dopamine Signaling in a Developing Drosophila Arousal Circuit Permanently Impairs Behavioral Responsiveness in Adults.

Ferguson, L, Petty, A, Rhorscheib, C, Troup, M, Kirszenblat, L, Eyeles, DW & van Swinderen, B

2017 Frontiers in Psychiatry

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00022

Evidence for selective attention in the insect brain.

de Bivort, BL & van Swinderen, B

2016 Current Opinion in Insect Science

DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2016.02.007

What is unconsciousness in a fly or worm? A review of general anesthesia in different animal models.

Zalucki, O & van Swinderen, B

2016 Conciousness and Cognition

DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2016.06.017

The Yin and Yang of Sleep and Attention.

Kirszenblat, L & van Swinderen, B

2015 Trends in Neurosciences

DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2015.10.001