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Drosophila research experts - Development

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Now's the time for Fly

Fly is the first international peer-reviewed journal to focus on Drosophila research. Having expanded the editorial board to include even more experts in the field of Drosophila from all over the world, Fly is quickly becoming the 'go to' journal for Drosophila research.

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Grace Boekhoff-Falk

Grace Boekhoff-Falk received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, where she was mentored by Scott Gilbert. Boekhoff-Falk obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In her dissertation work with Michael Hoffmann, she investigated BMP signaling across embryonic germ layers in Drosophila.

Her postdoctoral work with Sean Carroll included both studies of neural development in Drosophila and investigations into the evolutionary origins of animal appendages.

Boekhoff-Falk joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 where she is an associate professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology. Her current research is focused on regeneration in the adult Drosophila brain.

Having published research in a variety of journals, Boekhoff-Falk is a welcome addition to the Fly Editorial Board. If you're not already familiar with her work, see examples below:

  • Plavicki JS, Squirrell JM, Eliceiri KW, Boekhoff-Falk G. (2016) Expression of the Drosophila homeobox gene, Distal-less, supports an ancestral role in neural development. Dev Dyn. 245:87-95.
  • Boekhoff-Falk G, Eberl DF. (2014) The Drosophila auditory system. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 3:179-91.
  • Plavicki J, Mader S, Pueschel E, Peebles P, Boekhoff-Falk G. (2012) Homeobox gene distal-less is required for neuronal differentiation and neurite outgrowth in the Drosophila olfactory system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109:1578-83.
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Vijay Raghavan

(Vijay) Vijay Raghavan is Emeritus Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore. His research group currently focuses on the integrated, sequential development of sensory and locomotory organs of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster, in particular muscles, nerves, neural circuits and the behaviours that they enable.

Vijay is a disastrous player of the flute and loves long-distance running. Both activities are currently deeply surrounded by rust. He promises to attend to both with vigour beginning next Monday.

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

  • Bohra AA, Kallman BR, Reichert H, VijayRaghavan K. Identification of a Single Pair of Interneurons for Bitter Taste Processing in the Drosophila Brain. Curr Biol 2018, 28(6):847-858.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.084.
  • Gowda SBM, Paranjpe PD, O Reddy V, Thiagarajan D, Palliyil S, Reichert H, VijayRaghavan K. GABAergic inhibition of leg motoneurons is required for normal walking behavior in freely moving Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2018, 115(9):E2115-E2124. doi:10.1073/pnas.1713869115.
  • Chaturvedi D, Reichert H, Gunage RD,VijayRaghavan K. Identification and functional characterization of muscle satellite cells in Drosophila. Elife 2017, 6: e30107. doi: 10.7554/eLife.30107.


Yan Song

Yan Song leads a research group in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University in China's capital city, Beijing.

Her group is particularly interested in understanding how time, the fourth dimension, governs cell fate specification in stem cell lineages. Her lab’s favourite model systems are fly and mouse neural stem cells.

Yan loves performing Chinese folk dance and martial arts. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, music and yoga.

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

  • Three selected publications
    Liu X.#, Shen J.#, Xie L., Wei Z., Wong C., Li Y., Zheng X., Li P. and Song Y.* (2019) Mitotic implantation of the transcription factor Prospero via phase separation drives terminal neuronal differentiation. Developmental Cell, 52(3), 277-293; doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2019.11.019 [Featured article] Highlighted in Developmental Cell.
  • Xu K., Liu X., Wang Y., Wong C., and Song Y.* (2018) Temporospatial induction of homeodomain gene cut dictates natural lineage reprogramming. Elife, 2018;7:e33934. doi: 10.7554/eLife.33934.
  • Liu K., Shen D., Shen J., Gao S.M., Li B., Wong C., Feng W. and Song Y.* (2017) The super elongation complex drives neural stem cell fate commitment. Developmental Cell, 40(6), 537-551 [Cover story]. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2017.02.022. Highlighted in Developmental Cell; Recommended by F1000Prime.

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