Sokolowski Lab

Sokolowski Lab

Genes, Environment & Behaviour

Stephanie Biergans

Previous Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Neurobiology & Epigenetics (Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, 2016)
  • M.Sc. Biology (Universität Konstanz, 2011)
  • B.Sc. Biology (Universität Konstanz, 2009)


Biergans SD, Claudianos C, Reinhard J, Galizia CG. (2016) DNA methylation adjusts the specificity of memories depending on the learning context and promotes relearning in honeybees. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 9 (82). doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2016.00082

Biergans SD, Claudianos C, Reinhard J, Galizia CG. (2016) Dnmts mediate neural processing after odor learning in the honeybee. Preprint on BioRxiv doi:10.1101/056333

Biergans SD, Galizia CG, Reinhard J, Claudianos C. (2015) Dnmts and Tet target memory-associated genes after appetitive training in honey bees. Scientific Reports 5 (16223), doi:10.1038/srep16223

Cristino AS, Barchuk AR, Freitas FCP, Biergans SD, Zhao Z, Simoes ZLP, Reinhard J, Claudianos C. (2014) Neuroligin-associated microRNA-932 targets actin and regulates memory. Nature Communications 5 (5529), doi:10.1038/ncomms6529

Biergans SD, Treiber N, Jones J, Galizia CG, Szyszka P. (2012) DNA methylation mediates the discriminatory power of associative long-term memory in honeybees. PLoS One 7(6): e39349. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039349

Szyszka P, Stierle J, Biergans S, Galizia CG. (2012) The speed of smell: Odour-object segregation within milliseconds. PLoS One 7(4):e36096
Szyszka P, Demmler C, Oemisch M, Sommer L, Biergans S, Birnbach B, Silbering AF, Galizia CG (2011) Mind the gap: olfactory trace conditioning in honeybees. Journal of Neuroscience 31:7229-39.

Research Summary:

My research focusses on understanding the complex regulatory networks underlying behavioural plasticity. Lasting behavioural changes – e.g. following long-term memory formation – involve fluctuations in gene expression, which need to be tightly regulated. Gene expression is regulated by a variety of mechanisms including epigenetic mechanisms (e.g. DNA methylation, histone modifications), non-coding RNAs and transcription factors. All these mechanisms interact and influence each other creating networks regulating gene expression in a temporally and mechanistically complex manner. To investigate the impact of regulatory mechanisms on behaviour I use the honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster).

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