Fox Lab @ CWRU

How do sensory systems collect, process, and transmit information? How do fast-moving animals process sensory information at high speeds to coordinate their behavior? How do different sensory modalities interact with each other? How have sensory systems evolved to handle the challenges they are faced with in complex environments?

We study insect sensory systems using quantitative behavioral techniques, electrophysiology, computational modeling, and high-speed videography.

Lab news:
October 2015: Our paper on kinematic diversity in haltere movements is accepted at Biology Letters! Authors are Hall, McLoughlin, Kathman, Yarger, Mureli, and Fox.

October 2015: Alex Yarger is named a Department of Education GAAAN fellow; Ilakkiya Thanigaivalen wins a travel award to attend the annual SICB meeting

June 2015: Alex Yarger joins the lab as a PhD student

May 2015: Shwetha's paper on haltere influence on visually-guided flight behavior is accepted at the Journal of Experimental Biology

May 2015: Mariana Sainz-Garcia and Ilakkiya Thanigaivelan are awarded summer research fellowships; Josh Hall and Dane McLoughlin graduate

February 2015: Dane McLoughlin chatted with a sports reporter about his research in the lab. Oh, and also about basketball.

January 2015: Jess and Shwetha travel to West Palm Beach to give talks at the annual SICB meeting

December 2014: Postdoctoral associate Dr. Nick Kathman joins the lab after completing his PhD with colleague Roy Ritzmann

November 2014: Thanks to the CWRU men's basketball program for inviting Jess to a faculty reception so she could watch Dane crush Baldwin-Wallace. 19 points in the first half!

October 2014: Jess's commentary on walking behavior in flies is published

October 2014: We partnered with WISER to welcome 25 sixth-grade girls to the lab during the GE Girls in STEM Kickoff Event

August 2014: Jess travels to Sapporo, Japan to give an invited talk on haltere evolution at the International Congress for Neuroethology

June 2014: We are the proud recipients of a Konishi award from the International Society for Neuroethology- the lab's first grant!

June 2014: Mark Willis, our close collaborator and lab neighbor, is promoted to full professor! Congratulations Mark!

June 2014: Jess is interviewed by Channel 5 News about mayfly swarms; link

May 2014: Dane McLoughlin wins a Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) award!

April 2014: Josh Hall wins a Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (P-SURG) for his research project!

March 2014: Dane McLoughlin joins the lab

March 2014: Congrats to undergrad Josh Hall on being named NWCA Scholar All-America

February 2014: Lab technician Shwetha Mureli joins the lab

January 2014: Nicole Arnold joins the lab

November 2013: Papers on figure-ground discrimination accepted in J Exp Biol

October 2013: Michael Schaffer joins the lab

October 2013: Jess travels to Eglin Air Force Base and Western New England University for invited presentations

September 2013: Josh Hall joins the lab

September 2013: Fox lab opens at CWRU!