Rebecca Delventhal

Assistant Professor of Biology



PhD   Yale University, 2016
BA     Macalester College, 2009

Courses Taught
BIOL 221 - Molecules, Genes, and Cells
BIOL 342 - Developmental Biology
BIOL 477 - Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurological Disease

Delventhal R, Steinhauer J. A course-based undergraduate research experience examining neurodegeneration in Drosophila melanogaster teaches students to think, communicate, and perform like scientists. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230912 (2020).

Ulgherait M, Chen A#, McAllister S#, Kim H, Delventhal R, Wayne CR, Garcia CJ, Recinos Y, Canman JC, Picard M, Owusu-Ansah E, Shirasu-Hiza MM. Circadian-regulated mitochondrial uncoupling extends lifespan. Nature Communications, 11:1927 (2020).
#undergraduate authors

Delventhal R*, O’Connor RM*, Pantalia MM*, Ulgherait M, Kim H, Basturk M#, Canman JC, Shirasu-Hiza MM. Dissection of central clock function in Drosophila through cell-specific, CRISPR-mediated clock gene disruption. eLife, 8:e48308 (2019).
*contributed equally #undergraduate authors

O'Connor RM*, Stone EF*, Wayne CR, Marcinkevicius EV, Ulgherait M, Delventhal R, Pantalia MM, Hill VM, Zhou CG#, McAllister S#, Chen A#, Ziegenfuss JS, Grueber WB, Canman JC, Shirasu-Hiza, MM. A Drosophila model of Fragile X syndrome exhibits defects in phagocytosis by innate immune cells. Journal of Cell Biology, Mar 6;216(3):595-605 (2017).
*contributed equally #undergraduate authors

Delventhal R*, Menuz K*, Joseph R, Park J, Sun JS, Carlson JR. The taste response to ammonia in Drosophila. Scientific Reports, Mar 6;7:43754 (2017).
*contributed equally

Delventhal R, Carlson JR. Bitter taste receptors confer diverse functions to neurons. eLife, 5:e11181

Delventhal R, Kiely A, Carlson JR. Electrophysiological recording from Drosophila labellar taste sensilla. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 84:e51355 (2014).


June 2021    Bridging Research and Education with Model Organisms (BREWMOR) & GSA Workshop 2021, oral presentation 

“Multi-week, student-driven project to study effect of diet on Drosophila fertility and development in an upper-level Developmental Biology course” (recording: 

October 2020   Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, Lake Forest College 

“Fly TBI: a model to study injury-induced neurodegeneration” 

 March 2019    Genetics Society of America (GSA) 60th Drosophila Research Conference

• Education Platform Session, oral presentation, “A Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience to investigate the neuronal subtype specificity of iPLA2-beta function”
• PUI Workshop, presentation/group facilitator, “Using Drosophila to bring authentic course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) into the undergraduate classroom”
• Tools & Techniques, poster, “Dissection of central clock function in Drosophila through cell-specific, CRISPR-mediated clock gene disruption”

March 2019   Genetics Society of America (GSA) New Faculty Forum,
education workshop facilitator 
“Principles of Scientific Teaching”

March 2019   Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA, invited seminar
“Using traumatic brain injury in the fruit fly to study neurodegeneration”

November 2017   Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, invited seminar
“Using a fly model of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to study neurodegenerative disease”

November 2017   City College, New York, NY, invited seminar
“Using a fly model of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to study neurodegenerative disease”

October 2015   Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Neurobiology of Drosophila conference, poster
“Function of Drosophila bitter gustatory receptors in different neuronal contexts”

Grants and Awards


Postdoctoral Trainee on Cardiovascular Translation Research T32 Training Grant
National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F31 Predoctoral Fellowship
National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)


NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge, Finalist
National Science Foundation