Marcus Stensmyr

Senior lecturer, Docent

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Olfactory neuroecology

The central question of my research concerns how the olfactory system adapts to the habitat and needs of the animal. We are primarily working with the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster, aka the vinegar fly. My lab combines neurophysiological, molecular, phylogenetic, behavioral, ecological and chemical approaches in order to pinpoint specific neuronal circuits and molecular mechanisms underlying olfactory-guided behaviors. The main part of this work is aimed at identifying basic principles underlying insect olfaction, specifically coupling precise function to defined neuronal populations.


What I work with: the fruitfly Drosphila


I'm born in Lund, but grew up in Umeå and Norrtälje. I did my undergraduate studies at Lund university (1994-2000), and obtained my PhD (in chemical ecology, with Prof Bill S. Hansson as supervisor) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp in 2000. After my PhD studies, I first went for a postdoc with Prof Peter Mombaerts at the Rockefeller University (2004-2006), and then to a position as research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology (headed by Prof Bill S. Hansson). Since 2013 Im back home in Lund again!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Zoology
  • Neurosciences

Collaborations the last five years

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