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Gaudry, Quentin

Gaudry, Quentin

Associate Professor
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Brain and Behavior Institute
1108 Bioscience Research Building

The human brain is comprised of billions of neurons with trillions of connections between them, making it one of the most complex biological systems. To understand the processes underlying cognition, we use the brain of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Fruit flies are an ideal preparation to study such questions because (1) their brains possess far fewer neurons than our own brains, (2) they perform many of the same cognitive tasks that even we do, and (3) their nervous system can easily be manipulated using a variety of genetic tools. Specifically, we focus on two major questions: (1) How do flies process multisensory cues in the process of deciding to mate? (2) How are aggression and aggressive behaviors represented in the Drosophila brain?


Postdoctoral Research - Harvard Medical School

Ph.D. - University of California, San Diego

BS Biology - Emory University

  • Study of how the brain performs complex cognitive tasks
  • Research on how groups of neurons function together to generate behaviors

BBI Awards Seed Grants to Six Interdisciplinary Projects

Funded teams feature UMD faculty from 15 academic departments and six centers and institutes

NIH Awards $2M to UMD Entomologist Megan Fritz

Research into mosquitoes carrying West Nile will pinpoint the genes responsible for their attraction to humans.

Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosts Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium

The University’s Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) hosted its Second Annual Seed Grant Symposium on November 14, 2018 at Adele’s in the Stamp Student Union.

BBI Holds 2017 Seed Grant Symposium

Over 115 people attend symposium featuring work and accomplishments of BBI Seed Grant Awardees for FY16/FY17.

BBI FY17 Seed Grant Winners Announced

Nine projects selected for funding.

Dr. Gaudry Awarded Whitehall Foundation Grant

NACS faculty member receives research grant