Geoffrey K. Ganter



Atlantic Union College



Boston College


Post-Doctoral Training

Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School



Clinical Affiliations






molecular biology

Cell biology






Pain sensitization


Current Research

Identification of novel pathways/components that modulate nociception in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Research Interests

Neurobiology of nociception.

Selected Publications

Ganter GK, Desilets JB, Davis-Knowlton JA, Panaitiu AE*, Sweezy M, Sungail J, Tan LCH*, Adams AM*, Fisher EA*, O'Brien JRM*, Kincaid KM*, Heinrich R. Drosophila female precopulatory behavior is modulated by ecdysteroids (2012) Journal of Insect Physiology, 58 (3): 413-419. (accepted 1/9/12, published 1/15/12);

Ganter GK, Panaitiu AE*, Desilets JB*, Davis-Heim JA, Fisher EA*, Tan LCH*, Heinrich R, Buchanan EB*, Brooks KM*, Kenney MT*, Verde MG*, Downey J*, Adams AM*, Grenier JS*, Maddula S*, Shah P*, Kincaid KM*, O'Brien JRM.* Drosophila male courtship behavior is modulated by ecdysteroids (2011) Journal of Insect Physiology, 57 (9): 1179-1184. (accepted 5/12/11, published 6/14/11);

Ganter GK, Walton KL*, Merriman JO*, Salmon MV*, Brooks KM*, Maddula S*, Kravitz EA. Increased male-male courtship in ecdysone receptor deficient adult flies (2007) Behavior Genetics, 37 (3): 507-512. (Accepted 12/27/2006, published 1/20/07);

Heinrich R and Ganter G. (2007) Invited Review: Nitric Oxide Signaling in Insects. Advances in Experimental Biology;

Ganter G., Walton K.*, Merriman J.*, Salmon M.*, Brooks K.*, Maddula S.* , Kravitz E. (2007) Increased Male-Male Courtship in Ecdysone Receptor Deficient Adult Flies. Behavior Genetics. 37(3): 507-512; 

Wenzel B., Kunst M., Günther C., Ganter G., Lakes-Harlan R., Elsner N. and Heinrich R. (2005) "Modulation of grasshopper acoustic communication behavior by the nitric oxide / cyclic GMP signaling pathway in central brain neuropils". Journal of Comparative Neurology. 488: 129-139; 

Schneider H., Baro D.J., Bailey D., Ganter G., Harris-Warrick R.M., and Kravitz E.A. (2000) Patterns of gene expression in single identified neurons of the American lobster, Homarus americanus. Receptors and Channels 7(1):53-64.

* indicates undergraduate co-author

Funded Grants

2012. National Institutes of Health - Centers Of Biomedical Research Excellence award: ÒInterdisciplinary center of excellence for the study of pain and sensory functionÓ (total: ~$10M) Role: Project Leader (subtotal: ~$1M). (Principal Investigator I. Meng.)

2012. National Science Foundation _ Major Research Instrumentation award: MRI: ÒAcquisition of a Scanning Spectral Confocal Microscope for Multidisciplinary Research, Teaching and OutreachÓ ($434K) Role: Co-Investigator. (Principal Investigator J. Vesenka.)

2009. National Institutes of Health - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Supplemental Award: ÒEcdysone modulation of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster Ò ($223K) Role: Principal Investigator.

2008. Ecdysone modulation of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. NIH-NIGMS. $207,798.

Ecdysone modulation of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. NIH-NIGMS. $222,789. 2009-2011.

Geoffrey K. Ganter



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