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Lena obtained her PhD in 2009 from the University of Sussex, studying insect visual navigation. She later was a postdoctoral fellow at UCL, Johns Hopkins University and Imperial College, and a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at Manchester University. Lena's postdoctoral research focussed on: 1) the co-evolution of courtship songs and hearing in Drosophila; 2) the development of genetic tools for insects, including non-model organisms (mosquitoes); and 3) insect olfaction. Lena joined Durham Biosciences as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2023. Lena's group (the InsectNeuroLab) is working on genetic tool development, insect sensory neuroscience and sensory ecology, with a specific focus on Drosophila, mosquitoes, bumblebees and Black Soldier Flies. Please see for more details.

Research interests

  • Black soldier flies
  • mosquitoes
  • Drosophila
  • bumblebees
  • development of genetic tools
  • sensory neuroscience
  • neuroethology
  • olfaction
  • sensory ecology


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