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Stephen F. Goodwin

Stephen studied genetics in Glasgow and researched Drosophila learning and memory for his PhD. As a postdoc at Brandeis with Nobel laureate Jeffrey C. Hall he used molecular-genetic and behavioural approaches in the fruit fly to understand how the sexual identity of a nervous system and its behaviours are specified.

Upon return to the UK he spent 10 years leading a research group at the University of Glasgow, arriving in Oxford in 2009, where he is now a Professor of Neurogenetics and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator.

He belongs to the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, along with the Miesenböck and Waddell groups, and studies the genetic, developmental, and neural mechanisms underlying sex-specific behaviours.

Stephen believes that your peers are very influential: so, being intrinsically lazy, he surrounds himself with bright people to up his game. Jeff Hall once told Stephen, “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols" should be your scientific mantra: live by it and don’t forget it.

Having published research in a variety of journals, Stephen is a welcome addition to the Fly Editorial Board. If you're not already familiar with his work, seek out the examples below:

  • Allen, A., Neville, M.C., Treiber, C., Croset, V., Waddell, S., and Goodwin, S.F. (2020) A single-cell transcriptomic atlas of the adult Drosophila ventral nerve cord eLife.54074.
  • Pavlou, H.J., Lin, A.C., Neville, M.C., Nojima, T., Diao, F., Chen, B.E., White, B.H., and Goodwin, S.F. (2016) Neural circuitry coordinating male copulation. eLife. e20713.
  • Rezával C, Pattnaik S, Pavlou HJ, Nojima T, Brüggemeier B, D'Souza LA, Dweck HK, Goodwin SF. (2016) Activation of Latent Courtship Circuitry in the Brain of Drosophila Females Induces Male-like Behaviors. Current Biology, 26, 2508 - 2515.
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