Food on the mind: how worms decide what to eat and what that might mean for humans
Dr. Elizabeth Glater’s research seeks to understand how genes influence behavior and how the nervous system produces behavior. In humans, differences in genes can cause or modify susceptibility to neurological disorders. However, many common inherited diseases have an unknown and likely complex genetic basis. Using model organisms that have genes that can be easily manipulated is critical to gaining a better understanding of how genetic variants affect nervous system function and behavior. Her research focuses on the genetic basis of food preference behavior in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.