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Marla B. Sokolowski Geneticist

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 and is best known for her discovery of the foraging gene. She has published well over 140 publications, given close to 200 invited lectures, and is an award winning teacher and highly accomplished lecturer.


Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013.

University Professor, University of Toronto, 2010.

Genetics Society of Canada’s Award of Excellence, 2007.

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Behavioural Neurology, 2001-2014.

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada and Massey College, 1998 and 2001.

Relevant Publications

M.B. Sokolowski, "Drosophila: Genetics meets behaviour," Nat. Rev. Genet., vol. 2, no. 879-890, Nov. 2001.



Program Co-Director Child & Brain Development

Weston Fellow Child & Brain Development


University of TorontoDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


PhD (Behavioural genetics) University of Toronto

BSc (Zoology) University of Toronto



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