Postdoctoral fellow
HHMI, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Biology
Washinghton University in St. Louis
Young Scientist Award, International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society
Fourth Annual Sony Inc. Junior Faculty Award, Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, Washing
Kavli Fellow, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The Klingenstein Foundation Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences
International Society for Neuroethology, Young Investigator Award
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Nicole Leitner, Yehuda Ben‐Shahar
The neurogenetics of sexually dimorphic behaviors from a postdevelopmental perspective
Genes, Brain and Behavior 19 (2019)
Alexis S. Hill, Poorva Jain, Nicole E. Folan, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
The Drosophila ERG channel seizure plays a role in the neuronal homeostatic stress response
PLOS Genetics 15 (2019)
Karen M. Kapheim, Beryl M. Jones, Eirik Søvik, Eckart Stolle, Robert M. Waterhouse, Guy Bloch, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Brain microRNAs among social and solitary bees
Hagit T. Porath, Esther Hazan, Hagai Shpigler, Mira Cohen, Mark Band, Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Erez Y. Levanon, Eli Eisenberg, Guy Bloch
RNA editing is abundant and correlates with task performance in a social bumblebee
Nature Communications 10 (2019)
Ross M McKinney, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Visual recognition of the female body axis drives spatial elements of male courtship in Drosophila melanogaster
Cassondra L Vernier, Joshua J Krupp, Katelyn Marcus, Abraham Hefetz, Joel D Levine, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
The cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of honey bee workers develop via a socially-modulated innate process
eLife 8 (2019)
Yehuda Ben-Shahar
The Impact of Environmental Mn Exposure on Insect Biology
Frontiers in Genetics 9 (2018)
Alexis S. Hill, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
The synaptic action of Degenerin/Epithelial sodium channels
Channels 12 (2018)
Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Epigenetic switch turns on genetic behavioral variations
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (2017)
Kathleen M. Zelle, Cassondra Vernier, Nicole Leitner, Xitong Liang, Sean Halloran, Jocelyn G. Millar, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Chemoreceptor pleiotropy facilitates the functional coupling of the synthesis and perception of mating pheromones
E. Søvik, A. LaMora, G. Seehra, A. B. Barron, J. G. Duncan, Y. Ben‐Shahar
Drosophila divalent metal ion transporter Malvolio is required in dopaminergic neurons for feeding decisions
Genes, Brain and Behavior 16 (2017)
Alexis Hill, Xingguo Zheng, Xiling Li, Ross McKinney, Dion Dickman, Yehuda Ben-Shahar
TheDrosophilaPostsynaptic DEG/ENaC Channelppk29Contributes to Excitatory Neurotransmission
The Journal of Neuroscience 37 (2017)
Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar attended Tel-Aviv University in Israel for his undergraduate studies in Life Sciences. For his PhD thesis work, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he developed a program that focused on molecular genetics and the genomic analyses of social behaviors by using the honey bee as a model. While working on his PhD, he was fortunate to be introduced to the world of Drosophila neurogenetics via a long-term collaboration with Dr. Marla Sokolowski from the University of Toronto, Canada. For his postdoctoral training, Dr. Ben-Shahar joined the HHMI laboratory of Dr. Michael Welsh at the University of Iowa College of medicine where he established the fruit fly as a model for studying the molecular signaling pathways that underlie the role of ligand-gated ion channels in sensory-driven innate decision-making behaviors. Yehuda joined the Biology faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine. By using forward and reverse genetics, optogenetics, and transgenic approaches, members of the Ben-Shahar research group investigate various questions related to innate decision making behaviors, the genetics of the intrinsic neuronal homeostatic response to stress, the impact of trace metals on the development and physiology of dopaminergic circuits, and the roles of non-coding RNAs in neural development and behavior. Yehuda teaches an annual upper level undergraduate course in behavioral genetics, and a behavioral genetics laboratory. Yehuda received several awards, including the IBANGS Young Investigator Award in 2015.