Geoffrey K. Ganter



Atlantic Union College



Boston College


Post-Doctoral Training

Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School







molecular biology

Cell biology






Pain sensitization


Current Research

Dr. Ganter's laboratory is investigating the mechanisms of nociception using the powerful genetic toolkit of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.  Pain affects all of our lives in some way, yet we know only a little of how pain works and how to block it.  The tiny fly might be able to lead us to the next generation of improved medications for pain in humans.

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

2012-2017. National Institutes of Health - Centers Of Biomedical Research Excellence award: Interdisciplinary center of excellence for the study of pain and sensory function (total: ~$10M) Role: Project Leader (subtotal: ~$1M). (Principal Investigator I. Meng.)

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

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

2008. National Institutes of Health R16 Award:  Ecdysone modulation of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. ($208K) Role: Principal Investigator.


Geoff Ganter

Geoffrey K. Ganter



Professor of Biology


Morgane Hall

(207) 602-2126

On Sabbatical:
Fall 2015 to Fall 2016