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Alexander Ahl

Alexander Ahl's biography and research focus.

Mr Alexander Ahl

PhD Student - Jarman Group

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • 15 George Square
  • Edinburgh, EH8 9XD

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Personal Profile

  • BSc. Biological Sciences (Human Health), Heriot Watt University (2014)
  • MSc. Human Anatomy, The University of Edinburgh (2015)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

Research

Figure 1 – Drosophila melanogaster antenna containing chordotonal neurons within the Johnston’s organ of the a2 segment.
Figure 1 – Drosophila melanogaster antenna containing chordotonal neurons within the Johnston’s organ of the a2 segment.

My PhD project concerns the identification and analysis of genes involved in ciliary motility for Drosophila hearing. The insect auditory apparatus contains specialised chordotonal mechanosensory neurons that require motile cilia for acoustic transduction.

Using genetic, molecular and behavioural approaches, I can assess neuron function as I seek to elucidate the underlying genetic network and mechanisms responsible in dynein arm motor assembly. My research has led me to investigate candidate causative genes of primary ciliary dyskinesia in humans.