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Due to COV-19 health concerns, this event has been cancelled.

Emerging Models Symposium

Registration is free and lunch provided. RSVP is required.



April 17, 2020

9AM - 6PM

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Elmore Auditorium

1 Max Planck Way, Jupiter, FL 33458


  • Christa Baker Princeton University (Acoustic duetting in fruit flies)
  • Roberto Bonasio University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral epigenetics in ants)
  • Matthew Degennaro Florida International University (Host seeking in mosquitos)
  • David Fitzpatrick Max Planck Florida Institute (Visual development in tree shrews)
  • Elissa Hallem University of California, Los Angeles (Host-seeking behaviors in parasitic nematodes)
  • Johanna Kowalko Florida Atlantic University (Trait evolution in cavefish)
  • Christine Merlin Texas A&M (Migration in monarch butterflies)
  • Philippe Mourrain Stanford University (Sleep in fish models)
  • Lauren O’Connell Stanford University (Parent-offspring communication in poison frogs)
  • Sathya Puthanveettill Scripps-Florida (Memory in Aplysia)
  • Jessica Whited Harvard University (Regeneration in axolotl)

Hosted by: Alex Keene PhD

Contact: Bethany Stanhope PhD


Emerging Models Symposium attendees are encouraged to stay for the local "Flies on the Beach" meeting the next day Saturday, April 18, Time TBD, also hosted at MPFI. This will include a poster session that is open to any model system.