Lisha Shao

Lisha Shao

Principal Investigator

Lisha earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Tsinghua University in China. During her Ph.D. training, Lisha established the first genetic model for schizophrenia susceptibility genes in Drosophila, under the supervision of Dr. Yi Zhong. She then moved to the Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute to continue her postdoctoral research.

At Janelia, Lisha worked with Dr. Ulrike Heberlein on the neural mechanisms of reward in Drosophila. She and colleagues developed a high-throughput behavioral assay to perform a forward neuroanatomy screen for neurons whose activation have different valence to flies. One of the female specific candidates led to the discovery of a neural circuit underlying female copulation effect: the mechanosensory inputs of copulation regulate female behaviors and internal states. This work reveals the mechanisms by which females are aware of their own mating status and adjust their subsequent mating decisions accordingly.

Lisha will start her assistant professorship at the University of Delaware from January 2021.


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Laboratory Staff

Yoon Woo Park

Technician and Lab Manager

Kevin Christie

Postdoctoral Researcher

Graduate Students

Ryan Oliver

Ph.D. Student

Biological Sciences

Juntian Wei

Ph.D. Student

Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Researchers

Madison Endres

Biological Sciences

Paul Schultz

Biological Sciences

Sabina Knox


Srujan Yamali

Newark Charter School

Support Team

Ulrike Heberlein

Ulrike Heberlein

Senior Fellow
Janelia, HHMI
Dr. Heberlein’s homepage

Glenn Turner

Glenn Turner

Group Leader
Janelia, HHMI
The Turner Lab homepage


Michael Sheen

Summer Student, June-August 2021, Cornell University

Katie Starego

Undergraduate Researcher, June-December 2021, UDel

Pratistha Kandel

Master’s student, September 2021-June 2022, UDel

Devashish Pande

Rotation PhD Student, August-December 2021, UDel

Lauren Golczewski

Undergraduate Researcher, June 2021-May 2022, UDel

Dami Olabisi

Undergraduate Researcher, February-May 2022, UDel

Esha Patlola

Undergraduate Researcher, June-August 2022, UDel

Chris Saul

Rotation PhD student, January – May 2023, UDel