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Molecular & Medical Genetics


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Visual circuit neurons in Drosophila.

As geneticists, the Stenesen Lab is interested in the encoding, processing and utilization of biological information. Beyond the molecular, our investigations extend into the nervous system with the goal of understanding how sensory information is transmitted to influence a behavioral response. To discover the basis of such events we employ genetic and cell biological approaches within the Drosophila model system.

Current Projects


neuronNociception is the sensory response to harmful stimuli. This process is commonly associated with the sense of pain, and is how body tissues are protected from damage. We utilize the nociceptive escape response of Drosophlia to monitor the impact of genetic and cellular alterations on circuit function.


Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Associate Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

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You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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