Research by O’Donnell lab sheds light on how neurotransmitters modulate our need for personal space.

An team of researchers including Department of Biological Science’s chair Dr. Janis O’Donnell and recently graduated  students Rami Ajjuri and Matthew Lollar has published a new paper in Biology Letters showing how varying levels of a chemical found in the brain of fruit flies can affect their responses to social interactions. Specifically, the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is also used in humans, contributes to a fly’s response to others in a social group. See popular media articles about this work in CBC Radio London and the New York Post. Read the original article here.