Carolina Rezaval was born in Patagonia, Argentina. She received a Masters and PhD in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires. Her PhD research focused on the identification of genes involved in neurodegeneration, leading to abnormal circadian behaviour in Drosophila.
She subsequently did her post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where she studied the genetic and neural basis of innate sexual behaviours in Drosophila. As a BBSRC researcher co-investigator in Professor Stephen Goodwin’s lab at Oxford, she focused on understanding how the brain differs between the sexes, and how these differences explain distinct behaviours shown by male and female flies. She discovered a specific subset of neurons which, when activated, induces fruit fly females to behave like males, demonstrating that the neural circuitry for male courtship behaviours in fact exists in the female fly brain but remains dormant.
Carolina has been awarded a Birmingham Fellowship to start her laboratory at Birmingham University in April, 2018. Her lab will focus on understanding how the brain makes decisions when faced to conflicting options (e.g. mating vs. avoiding predation risk) using Drosophila as a model organism.
Details of Dr Rezaval's post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford (Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour) can be found at www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/team/carolina-rezaval-1.
Watch a 3 minute video about Dr Rezaval's work here: vimeo.com/177551510.