Keene Lab

University of Nevada


Laboratory of sleep and metabolism

Animals are highly tuned to sense changes in both internal and external environments and adapt their behavior accordingly. Hungry animals reduce sleep, increase foraging behavior, and prefer high-calorie foods.  Our primary focus is to identify the genetic basis of this shift in behavioral choice.  We focus primarily in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and the blind cave-fish Astyanax mexicanus.