Marla B. Sokolowski

Marla Sokolowski


  • Weston Fellow


  • University of Toronto
Ecology and evolutionary biology


  • Canada


PhD (Behavioural Genetics), University of Toronto
BSc (Zoology), University of Toronto


Marla Sokolowski’s innovative work is esteemed worldwide as a clear, integrative mechanistic paragon of the manner in which genes can interact with the environment, thus impacting behaviour.

She has trail-blazed the development of a branch of behaviour genetics that addresses the genetic and molecular bases of natural individual differences in behaviour. Sokolowski is best known for her discovery of the foraging gene. She has more than 140 publications, is an award-winning teacher, and has given close to 200 invited lectures..


Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
Genetics Society of Canada’s Award of Excellence, 2007
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Behavioural Neurology, 2001 to 2014
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada and Massey College, 1998 and 2001

Relevant Publications

Sokolowski, M.B. "Drosophila: Genetics meets behaviour." Nat. Rev. Genet. 2 (November 2001): 879–90.


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