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Marcus Stensmyr

Senior Lecturer | PhD

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.

A picture of a fruitfly feeding from fruit
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!


Publication lists and links to papers:


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Marcus Stensmyr
E-mail: marcus [dot] stensmyr [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Senior lecturer

Functional zoology

+46 46 222 37 87


Sölvegatan 35, Lund


Research group

Animal Physiology


Drosophila Olfactory Neuroecology

Doctoral students and postdocs


Nadia Melo

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