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15 PhDs in Insect Chronobiology

Title : Rhodopsins in circadian photoentrainment in Drosophila

Host Institution : CNRS, Institut Neuro-PSI, Gif-sur-Yvette
Supervisor : Dr Françcis Rouyer

Secondment : Münster University for 3 months to learn parallel approaches to rhodopsins as thermoreceptors. University of Leicester for 2 months to test rhodopsin mutants under natural light regimes.

Objectives : To discover how the six fly rhodopsins mediate entrainment to LD cycles in the absence of cryptochrome. A neurogenetic approach will be used to identify which rhodopsins contribute to circadian light entrainment under different spectral compositions and light intensities and which of the three light receptive organs, the eye, HB eyelet or simple eye (ocelli) are involved.

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