Fall Research Expo 2021

Modeling Autism Spectrum Disorder in Drosophila Melanogaster

This summer, I conducted a project that aimed to characterize the genetic causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I conducted a variety of assays, related to both characterizing the physical morphology of the brain as well as the behavior of the organism itself. I believe this is a great first step in better elucidating the mechanisms of the pathways involved in the pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and I hope to apply this research in a translational setting to develop potential therapeutic methods aimed at different steps within these pathways.

Due to a class conflict, Anushree will not be able to discuss her poster during conference time. If you have any questions, please email her: aaneja@sas.upenn.edu

PRESENTED BY
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant
College of Arts & Sciences 2022
Advised By
Yuanquan Song
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Join Anushree for a virtual discussion
PRESENTED BY
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant
College of Arts & Sciences 2022
Advised By
Yuanquan Song
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Comments

Hi Anushree, very interesting work! Your research was explained really well in this poster. What sort of behavioral modifications would you expect to see in flies presenting ASD, and how will these be assayed in the future? Really excited to see where this leads!

Your explanations helped me understand the psychology and biology of ASD more in depth. It is amazing that you took this project from a raw stage in which not even the model species was known to full-fleshed project explaining the findings from using the model and its applications to humans.