Vanessa Ruta is associate professor at Rockefeller University where she heads the lab of Neurophysiology and Behavior. Dr. Ruta received a Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and then went on to work in Richard Axel's lab at Columbia University. She studies the function, organization and plasticity of neural pathways in Drosophila, focusing on how sensory processing is shaped by experience or evolution to give rise to adaptive variations in behavior. The Ruta lab also considers how evolutionary variation shapes sensory detection by studying the structure and function of insect odorant receptors. Dr. Ruta is the recipient of a McKnight Scholar Award, a Pew Biomedical Scholar Award, an NIH New Innovator Award, a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and a New York Stem Cell Foundation–Robertson Neuroscience Investigator. For further information click here.
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