Sokolowski Lab

Sokolowski Lab

Genes, Environment & Behaviour

Ina Anreiter

InaLocation: Room 2082/2087, Earth Sciences Centre
Twitter: @inanreiter

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Collaborative Program in Neuroscience
Collaborative Program in Human Development


MSc. Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine, New University of Lisbon (2012).
BSc Biology, Technical University of Lisbon (2010)

Research Interests:

My research combines the study of environmental effects on behaviour and the molecular processes that underlie these effects. More specifically I am using the fruit fly to study the epigenetic regulation of foraging-related phenotypes in response to food deprivation. In collaboration with Jamie Kramer at Western University of Ontario we found that the epigenetic factor G9a methylates histones in the region of the four foraging promoters. It is well known that histone methylation is involved in fundamental developmental processes such as maternal imprinting and determination of cell fate but the role of histone methylation in the plastic regulation of behaviour remains mostly unknown. The central hypothesis of my research is that G9a is part of a regulatory complex that modulates the plastic response to food deprivation seen in foraging gene expression and associated phenotypes. To study this interaction between foraging and G9a, I mainly use drosophila genetics, gene expression analysis and food-related behavioural assays.



In preparation:

Aristizabal MJ, Anreiter I, Halldorsdottir T, Goldenberg A, Mostafavi S, Sokolowski MB, O’Donnell KJ. The molecular architecture of persistence and change in child development. In prep.

Dason JS*, Amanda C*, Anreiter I, Allen AM, Sokolowski MB. Drosophila foraging regulates a nociceptive-like escape behaviour through a developmentally plastic sensory circuit. In prep.

Clayton D, Frankland P, Anreiter I, Aristazabal M, Sokolowski M, Binder E, Citri A. The role of the genomic action potential in experience-dependent plasticity: Extending the metaphor of the genomic action potential. In prep.

Hughson BN, Anreiter I*, Dason JS*, Shimell MJ, O’Connor MB, Sokolowski MB. AKH signaling in the prothoracic gland regulates the developmental response to juvenile nutritional stress and alters adult metabolism. In prep. *equal contribution


In revision and under review:

Anreiter I*, Van Wert M*, Sokolowski MB, Fallon BA. Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis. Accepted with minor revisions in Agress. Violent Behav. (Manuscript ID AVB_2017_108_R1, submitted 29-May-2017) *co first author



Anreiter I, Biergans S, Sokolowski MB. 2018. Epigenetic regulation of behavior in Drosophila melanogaster.  Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 25: 44-50. PDF

Anreiter I, Sokolowski MB. 2018. Deciphering Pleiotropy: How Complex Genes Regulate Behavior. Communicative and Integrative Biology e1447743. PDF 10.1080/19420889.2018.1447743

Anreiter I*, Hughson BA*, Murphy K, Jackson-Chornenki N, Ja W, Huber R, Sokolowski MB. 2017. The adult foraging assay (AFA) allows detection of strain and food-deprivation effects in feeding-related traits of Drosophila melanogasterJ Insect Physiol. 106(1): 20-29. *co first author. PDF

Allen AM, Anreiter I, Vesterberg A, Sokolowski MB. 2018. Pleiotropy of the Drosophila melanogaster foraging gene on larval feeding-related traits. Journal of Neurogenetics. 10.1080/01677063.2018.1500572

Anreiter, I., Kramer, J.M., Sokolowski, M.B. 2017. Epigenetic mechanisms modulate differences in Drosophila foraging behavior. PNAS 114(47): 12518–12523. PDF 10.1073/pnas.1710770114Ɏ

Anreiter, I, Sokolowski, HM, Sokolowski, MB. 2017. Gene-Environment Interplay and Individual differences in behaviour. Brain, Mind and Education. PDF 10.1111/mbe.12158.

Allen AM, Anreiter I, Neville MC, Sokolowski MB. 2016.Feeding-related traits are affected by dosage of the foraging gene in Drosophila melanogasterGenetics 205, 761-773. PDF doi:10.1534/genetics.116.197939 ɎɎɎ

Malé P-JG, Turner KM, Doha M, Anreiter I, Allen AM, Sokolowski MB, Frederickson ME. 2017. How to be an effective ant bodyguard? A candidate gene approach. Proc R Soc B 284:20170896. PDF ɎɎ

Anreiter I, Vasquez OE, Allen AM, Sokolowski MB. 2016. Foraging Path-length Protocol for Drosophila melanogaster Larvae. J Vis Exp (110), e53980. PDF doi:10.3791/53980.




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2018 – General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award

2018 – Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto

2018 – DeLill Nasser Travel Award for Professional Development in Genetics, Genetics Society of America

2018 – CIHR Brain Star Award for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

2018 – P.A. Abrams award for sustained research excellence

2018 – H.H. Harvey Prize for sustained contributions to the intellectual life of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2017 – General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award

2017 – Ramsey Wright award for sustained contributions to research and the life of the department

2016 – General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award

2013 – FCT Prémio escolar for highest concluding GPA, New University of Lisbon

2013 – Prémio Professor Luís Archer for best MSc in genetics, New University of Lisbon


2018-2019 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2018 – The Mary Gertrude l’Anson Scholarship

2018 – Leonard Butler Graduate Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2017-2018 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2017 – The Mary Gertrude l’Anson Scholarship

2016-2017 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2016 – The Mary Gertrude l’Anson Scholarship

2014 – University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant

2009 – FCT-BII Research Scholarship, Foundation for Sciences and Technology, Lisbon

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