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Dr Gregory Jefferis

Dr Gregory Jefferis

Principal Research Associate/ERC Consolidator Fellow (Part-time)

Gregory Jefferis is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: 267048


Gregory Jefferis obtained his Neurosciences Ph.D. in 2004 for studies on wiring specificity in the Drosophila olfactory system with Liqun Luo at Stanford University. He then joined the Zoology department in Cambridge as a Wellcome Advanced Training Fellow. During this time he developed approaches for brain mapping at the level of single neurons, as well as learning the new Drosophila in vivo whole cell patch clamp preparation.

In 2008, he opened his group in the Neurobiology Division of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. They combine molecular biology, genetics, neuroanatomy, electro/optophysiology and behavioural analysis to understand the circuit basis of innate olfactory behaviour, with a special emphasis on sexually dimorphic circuits. He received an ERC Starting Grant in 2008, was appointed to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme in 2012, and was promoted to tenured MRC Programme Leader in 2014.

In 2015 he received an ERC Consolidator Grant and, in conjunction with this, is now delighted to renew his links with the Zoology department through a joint appointment as Principal Research Associate. His work in Zoology will be centred on the use of electron microscopy approaches to the study the organisation of the adult and larval fly brain as well as developmental studies.


  • Neuroanatomy
  • Volume Imaging
  • multiphoton imaging
  • in vivo physiology
  • Image Visualisation
  • Electon Microscopy
  • quantitative behaviour
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Drosophila genetics
  • Imaging technologies
  • computational neuroanatomy
  • Fluorescence Light microscopy
  • Probe development

Key Publications