Ahmed Mohamed

 
Ahmed Mohamed

Host Institution

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Contact details

 

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology

Hans-Knöll-Straße 8

07745, Jena, Germany

+49 (0)3641 57 145

amohmaed@ice.mpg.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background and previous research experience

I completed my Master’s in Insect Molecular physiology on September 2013 at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. There, I had great opportunity to deal with molecular biology experiments. My Master’s project was about understanding how the Circadian clock genes can effect on the development of an insect. We were interested in the diapause of insects, we used Antheraea pernyi as a model insect, which enters into diapause during its pupal stage, we investigated the mechanism by which the circadian clock system effects on the diapause termination or the diapause maintenance.  

Main areas of interest

Beside what is mentioned in the previous section, I am interested in neurophysiology, chemical ecology and neuroethology. I am also interested in how the insect can compute all chemical cues in its antennal lobe and higher brain.

FLiACT project

The aim of our research is to understand the neural basis of olfactory coding in insects, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. We want to investigate the function of LNs for odor coding and processing in adult flies and larvae. The functional imaging recordings of single LNs will show for the first time, how an odor representation is spatially processed by the wide-field and complex aborization of these neurons. The behavioral studies after manipulation of single LNs will help elucidating the role of individual LNs for odor coding and perception.