FEATURED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
Scaplen KM, Talay M, Nunez KM, Salamon S, Waterman AG, Gang S, Song SL, Barnea G, Kaun KR (2020) Circuits that encode and guide alcohol-associated preference. eLife 9:e48730.
Scientists map neural circuits required for alcohol-associated preference. Carney Institute for Brain Science News.
Petrucelli E, Brown T, Waterman A, Ledru N, Kaun KR (2020) Alcohol causes lasting differential transcription in Drosophila mushroom body neurons. Genetics 215(1), 103-106.
Features in the press:
Just a few drinks can change how memories are formed. October 24, 2018 by Mollie Rappe, News From Brown.
Alcohol hijacks how brain makes memories - in fruit flies. October 24, 2018 by Kashmira Gander. Newsweek.
Alcohol 'hijacks' the brain to impair memory and cause long-lasting cravings, study suggests. October 24, 2018 by Alex Matthews-King. Independent.
Alcohol changes memories on a much deeper level than we thought. October 29, 2019 by Peter Hess. Inverse.
Azanchi R*, Kaun KR*, Heberlein U (2013) Competing dopaminergic responses determine behavioral choice in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci 110: 21153-8.
* These authors contributed equally to this work.
Feature in Nature News:
Why fruitflies know their beer. December 9, 2013 by Brian Owens. Nature News.
Shohat-Ophir G, Kaun KR, Azanchi R, Mohammed H, Heberlein U (2012) Sexual deprivation increases ethanol intake in Drosophila. Science 335:1351-1355.
Features in the press:
Sexually rejected flies turn to booze. March 15, 2012 by Sarah C. P. Williams. Science News.
Learning from the spurned and tipsy fruit fly. March 15, 2012 by Benedict Carey. New York Times.
Sex-starved fruit flies turn to drink. March 15, 2012 by Jason Palmer. BBC News.
Kaun KR, Azanchi R, Maung Z, Hirsh J, Heberlein U (2011) A Drosophila model for alcohol reward. Nature Neuroscience 14:612-9.
Scaplen KM, Talay M, Fisher JD, Cohn R, Sorkac A, Aso Y, Barnea G, Kaun KR (2020) Transsynaptic mapping of Drosophila mushroom body output neurons. bioRXiv 309021.
Catalano JL, Mei N, Azanchi R, Song S, Blackwater T, Heberlein U, Kaun KR (2020) Behavioral features of motivated response to alcohol in Drosophila. bioRXiv 953026.
Petrucelli E, Kaun KR (2019) Insights from intoxicated Drosophila. Alcohol 74: 21-27.
Kaun KR, Rothenfluh A (2017) Dopaminergic rules of engagement for memory in Drosophila. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 43: 56-62.
Scaplen KM, Kaun KR (2016) Reward from bugs to bipeds: a comparative approach to understanding how reward circuits function. Journal of Neurogenetics 30(2):133-148.
Scaplen KM*, Mei NJ*, Bounds HA, Song SL, Azanchi R, Kaun KR (2019) Automated real-time quantification of group locomotor activity in Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports 9:4427. *These authors contributed equally to this work.
Nunez K, Azanchi R, Kaun KR (2018) Cue-induced ethanol seeking in Drosophila melanogaster is dose-dependent. Frontiers in Physiology 9(438):1-12.