Poster #101: Tayla Chiang – Changes in the peripheral olfactory circuit across the Drosophila phylogeny

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Faculty mentor: Sophie Caron

I’m interested in how olfactory receptor genes evolve in the Drosophila phylogeny. Specifically, I hypothesize that the olfactory receptors will evolve reflective of the ecology of Drosophila. To identify the olfactory receptors in other species I used BLAST to create a multiple sequence alignment and created a consensus tree. I focused specifically on three receptors: Or19a, Or22a, and Or56a because these are common receptors. What I found is some are comparative to the ecology of the fly.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: tayla.chiang@utah.edu

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