Joel D. Levine

Bio Outline


  • Senior Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development


  • University of Toronto at Mississauga
Department of Biology


  • Canada


PhD (Anatomy & Structural Biology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
BS (Biology), University of Pennsylvania


Biologist Joel Levine is currently researching the genetic basis of social interactions in the Drosophila melanogaster fly species.

Most of his efforts in the laboratory are focused on synchrony, through the investigation of how biological clocks within the brain and other tissues regulate social interactions; recognition and how individuals can discriminate members of their group from non-members and how chemosensory transduction guides social behaviours; pheromonal communication and its influence on social interactions; and interactive phenotypes, or how genetic traits, both inherited and mutated, may influence patterns of social interaction.


Canada Research Chair: Mechanisms and Features of Social Behaviour, 2015

Relevant Publications

Billeter, J.C. et al. "Specialized cells tag sexual and species identity in Drosophila melanogaster." Nature 461, no. 7266 (2009): 987–92.


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