Vernier CL*, Leitner N*, Zelle KM*, Foltz MU, Dutton SU, Liang X, Halloran S, Millar J and Ben-Shahar Y (2023) A pleiotropic chemoreceptor facilitates the production and perception of mating pheromones. *Equal contribution. iScience 26(1):105882 (Cover story)


Dierick HA, Ben-Shahar Y, Raman B, and Gabbiani F (2021) Genetic and viral approaches to record or manipulate neurons in insects. Current Opinions in Insect Science 48: 79-88

Lucas C and Ben-Shahar Y (2021) The foraging gene as a modulator of division of labour in social insects. Journal of Neurogenetics 35: 274-284

McKinney RM, Valdez Rand Ben-Shahar Y (2021) The Genetic Architecture of Larval Aggregation Behavior in Drosophila. Journal of Neurogenetics 35: 168-178


Rong H, Zhang L, Greer C, Ben-Shahar Y, Holy T and Raman B (2020) Spatial and temporal organization of odor-evoked responses in a fly olfactory circuit: inputs, outputs and idiosyncrasies. bioRxiv 349688

Vernier CL, Chin I, Adu-Oppong B, Krupp J, Levine J, Dantas G and Ben-Shahar Y (2020) The gut microbiome defines group membership in honey bee colonies. Science Advances 6: eabd3431

Leitner N and Ben-Shahar Y (2020) The neurogenetics of sexually dimorphic behaviors from a post-developmental perspective. Genes Brain and Behavior 19(2):e12623

Kapheim KM, Jones BM, Søvik E, Stolle E, Waterhouse RM, Bloch G and Ben-Shahar Y (2020) Brain microRNAs among social and solitary bees. Royal Society Open Science 7: 200517


McKinney RM, Iris Chin and Ben-Shahar Y (2019) Visual recognition of the female body axis drives spatial elements of male courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. bioRxiv 576322

Peng Z, Hani Zaher and Ben-Shahar Y (2019) Natural selection on gene-specific codon usage bias is common across eukaryotes. bioRxiv 292938

Peng Z and Ben-Shahar Y (2019) Codon clusters with biased synonymous codon usage represent hidden functional domains in protein-coding DNA sequences. bioRxiv 530345

Hill A, Jain P*, Folan NE* and Ben-Shahar Y (2019) The Drosophila ERG channel seizure plays a role in the neuronal homeostatic stress response. PLoS Genetics 15(8): e1008288 *Undergraduate students

Vernier CL, Krupp J, UMarcus K, Hefetz A, Levine J and Ben-Shahar Y (2019) The cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of honey bee workers develop via a socially-modulated innate process. eLife 8:e41855 (Highlighted by eLife digest) *Undergraduate student

Porath HT*, Hazan E*, Cohen M, Shpigler H, Band M, Ben Shahar Y, Levanon EY, Eisenberg E and Bloch G (2019) RNA editing is abundant and correlates with task performance in a social bumblebee. Nature Communications 10:1605 *Equal contribution.


Hill A and Ben-Shahar Y (2018) The synaptic action of Degenerin/Epithelial sodium channels. Channels 12: 262

Ben-Shahar Y (2018) The Impact of Environmental Mn Exposure on Insect Biology. Frontiers in Genetics 9:70


Ben-Shahar Y (2017) Epigenetic switch turns on genetic behavioral variations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114:12365-12367

Rong H, Das P, Lube A, Yang D, Saha D, Ben-Shahar Y and Raman B (2017) Early warning signals regarding environmental suitability in the Drosophila antenna. bioRxiv 146522 Undergraduate student

Hill A*, Zheng X*, Li X, McKinney R, Dickman D and Ben-Shahar Y (2017) The Drosophila postsynaptic DEG/ENaC channel ppk29 contributes to excitatory neurotransmission. Journal of Neuroscience 37:3171 *Equal contribution

Søvik E, *Seehra G, LaMora A, Barron AB, Duncan JG and Ben-Shahar Y (2017) Drosophila divalent metal ion transporter Malvolio is required in dopaminergic neurons for feeding decisions. Genes Brain and Behavior 5:506–514 *Undergraduate student


Ben-Shahar Y (2015) How nervous systems generate behavior: lessons from insects. Current Opinions in Insect Science. 12:v–vii

*McKinney RM, *Vernier C and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) The neural basis for insect pheromonal communication. Current Opinions in Insect Science 12:86-92 *Equal contribution

Søvik E, Bloch G and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) Function and evolution of microRNAs in eusocial Hymenoptera. Frontiers in Genetics 6:193

Søvik E, Perry CJ, LaMora A, Barron AB and Ben-Shahar Y (2015) Negative impact of manganese on honey bee foraging. Biology Letters. 11: 20140989

Ben-Shahar Y (2014) A piggyBac route to transgenic honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111:8708–8709


Zheng X, Valakh V, DiAntonio A and Ben-Shahar Y (2014) Natural antisense transcripts regulate the neuronal stress response and excitability. eLife eLife:2014:3:e01849

Lu B, Zelle KM, Selzer R, Hefetz A and Ben-Shahar Y (2014) Feminization of pheromone-sensing neurons affects mating decisions in Drosophila males. Biology Open 3:152-160

Gu X, Karp PH, Brody SL, Pierce RA, Welsh MJ, Holtzman MJ and Ben-Shahar Y (2014) Chemosensory functions for human pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 50:637-646


Nannapaneni K, Ben-Shahar Y, Keen HL, Welsh MJ, Casavant TL and Scheetz TE (2013) Computational Identification of operon-like transcriptional loci in Eukaryotes. Computers in Biology and Medicine 43: 738–743

Gu X and Ben-Shahar Y. (2013) Olfactory receptors in human airway epithelia. In Crasto C (Ed.), Olfactory Receptors: Methods and Protocols. 1003:161-169. New York, NY: Humana Press

Ben-Shahar Y. (2013) Genes, Brains, and behavior. In Moore A (Section Ed.), Losos J (Project Ed), The Princeton Guide to Evolution (pp. 609-615). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Zelle KM*, Lu B*, Pyfrom SC and Ben-Shahar Y (2013) The genetic architecture of Degenerin/epithelial sodium channels in Drosophila. Genes, Genomes, Genetics (G3) 3: 441–450 *Equal contribution


*Greenberg JK, Xia J, Zhang W, Thatcher S, Ament S, Newman T, Green P, Robinson GE and Ben-Shahar Y (2012) Behavioral plasticity in honey bees is associated with major differences in brain microRNA transcriptome. Genes, Brain, and Behavior 6: 660-670 *Undergraduate student.

Lu B, LaMora A, Sun Y, Welsh MJ and Ben-Shahar Y (2012) ppk23-dependent chemosensory functions contribute to courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS Genetics 8(3): e1002587


Ben-Shahar Y (2011) Sensory functions for Degenerin/Epithelial sodium channels (DEG/ENaC). Advances in Genetics 76: 1-25


Ben-Shahar Y, Lu B, Collier DM, Snyder PM, Schnizler M and Welsh MJ. (2010) The Drosophila Gene CheB42a Is a Novel Modifier of Deg/ENaC Channel Function. PLOS One 5(2): e9395


Shah A*, Ben-Shahar Y*, Moninger TO, Kline JN and Welsh MJ. (2009) Motile Cilia of Human Airway Epithelia Are Chemosensory. Science 325:1131-1134 (Cover) *Equal contribution(“Must read”, Faculty of 1000)

Sun Y, Liu L, Ben-Shahar Y, Jacobs JS, Eberl DF and Welsh MJ (2009) TRPA channels distinguish gravity sensing from hearing in Johnston’s organ. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 13606–13611 (“Recommended”, Faculty of 1000)


Ben-Shahar Y, Nannapaneni K, Casavant TL, Scheetz TE and Welsh MJ (2007) Eukaryotic operon-like transcription of functionally related genes in Drosophila. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 222–227 (“Must read”, Faculty of 1000)

Williams KD, Busto M, Suster ML, So AK, Ben-Shahar Y, Leevers SJ, and Sokolowski MB (2006) Natural variation in Drosophila melanogaster diapause due to the insulin-regulated PI-3 kinase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103:15911–15915

Whitfield CW, Ben-Shahar Y, Brillet C, Leoncini I, LeConte Y, Rodriguez-Zas S and Robinson GE (2006) Genomic dissection of behavioral maturation in the honey bee. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103: 16068–16075

Ben-Shahar Y (2005) The foraging gene, behavioral plasticity, and honey bee division of labor. Journal of Comparative Physiology [A] 191:987-994

Fitzpatrick MJ, Ben-Shahar Y, Smid HM, Vet LEM, Robinson GE and Sokolowski MB (2005) Candidate genes for behavioural ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:96-104

Ben-Shahar Y, *Dudek N and Robinson GE (2004) malvolio, manganese, and division of labor in honey bee colonies: deconstructing a complex phenotype. Journal of Experimental Biology 207: 3281-3288 (Cover) *Undergraduate student

Ben-Shahar Y, Leung H-T, Pak WL, Sokolowski MB and Robinson GE (2003) division of labor in honey bee colonies is influenced by cGMP-dependent changes in phototaxis. Journal of Experimental Biology 206:2507-2515

Robinson GE and Ben-Shahar Y (2002) Social behavior and comparative genomics: new genes or new gene regulation? Genes Brain and Behavior 1:197-203

Ben-Shahar Y, Robichon A, Sokolowski MB and Robinson GE (2002) Influence of gene action across different time scales on behavior. Science 296:741-744

Ben-Shahar Y and Robinson GE (2001) Satiation differentially affects performance in a learning assay by nurse and forager honey bees. Journal of Comparative Physiology [A] 187:891-899

Hartz SM, Ben-Shahar Y and Tyler M (2001) Logistic growth curve analysis in associative learning data. Animal Cognition, 4:185-189

Ben-Shahar Y, Thompson CK, Hartz SM, Smith BH and Robinson GE (2000) Differences in performance on a reversal learning test and division of labor in honey bee colonies. Animal Cognition, 3:119-125

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