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Ben Warren

Research Fellow
Department of Neuroscience
University of Leicester
United Kingdom

Biography

Research Fellow

Research Interest

My fascination with sensory neuroscience began with my childhood observations of mosquitoes swarming at dusk on long Summer days. The female mosquito’s high-pitched whine (all too familiar to victims of their bites) turns out to be necessary for male mosquitoes to locate them. The remarkable auditory sensitivity of mosquitoes is underpinned by ~16,000 neurons, jam-packed into a tiny structure: the Johnston’s organ. My imagination was captured by these mechanosensory neurons and sparked a question which has guided my research journey ever since:  How do insect auditory neurons transduce nanoscale displacements into neural potentials?

Publications

  • Alexandre N, Spalthoff C, Kandasamy R, KatanaR, Warren B, et al., (2015). TRP channels in insect stretch-receptors as insecticide targets. 86: 1-7.

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