Female Brain Gene Expression During Courtship

A female’s mate choice decision is critical for her fitness, and discrimination against heterospecifics is an important component of this process. I am working with Jenny Boughman at Michigan State University and Hans Hofmann at The University of Texas at Austin on a BEACON funded project to examine changes in gene expression that occur during courtship by conspecific and heterospecific males. This work was done with the help of undergrads Jonatan Martinez, Benjamin Wurst, and Katelyn Doolittle.

gene expression

Experimental design for gene expression study.