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 EHMT 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 EHMT 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 EHMT, I mainly use drosophila genetics, gene expression analysis and food-related behavioural assays.


Anreiter, I., Kramer, J.M., Sokolowski, M.B. 2017. Epigenetic mechanisms modulate differences in Drosophila foraging behavior. PNAS 10.1073/pnas.1710770114Ɏ

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*co first author.

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. ɎɎ

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

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


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Funding and Awards:

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2018; $15,000)

The Mary Gertrude l’Anson Scholarship (2017; $4500)

General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award (2017; 3844.34)

Ramsey Wright Award (2017;$1000) – awarded to 3rd and 4th year PhD students with strong contributions to research and to the life of the department.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-2017; $15,000)

The Mary Gertrude l’Anson Scholarship (2016; $4500)
General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award (2016; $3800)

FCT Prémio escolar, New University of Lisbon (2013) –  awarded to the MSc student concluding with the highest GPA.

Prémio Professor Luís Archer, New University of Lisbon (2013; 250€) – awarded to the MSc student with the best oral presentation in the field of genetics.

FCT-BII Research Scholarship (2009; 1680€) – Foundation for Sciences and Technology, Lisbon.       


Besides work… I love to travel! My hobbies include horseback riding, brewing, cooking, baking, and board games. I hate the cold but I love rain.


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