Join a research group that is interested in better understanding the physiology of stable flies, blow flies, house flies and Drosophila. Some of these projects are in conjunction with Dr. Markstein’s lab. Currently we are investigating various aspects of feeding behavior as it relates to a special organ known as the crop. This organ is essential in controlling short term and long term feeding, as well as helping regulate the fly’s blood sugar levels. Because of this, this organ is especially important in current studies related to human diabetes.