Dr. Saumya Gupta
I am a sensory biologist broadly interested in understanding how animals perform biologically important functions in complex sensory environments. During my PhD, I used treefrogs as a model system to investigate how animals extract meaningful information about potential mates from vocal signals in acoustically cluttered environments. Currently as a postdoctoral researcher, I am investigating how Anopheles mosquitoes navigate their dense mating swarms to find and select mates. My research approach involves using a combination of behavioral, neuroanatomical, and neurophysiological tools to unravel the sensory cues that guide mate recognition in mosquitoes, and to uncover the mechanisms through which they process and integrate this sensory information in their nervous system.