Jefferis Lab

This is the informal website for Greg Jefferis' Lab based in the Division of Neurobiology of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where Greg has an official page. We have strong links with the Department of Zoology of the University of Cambridge and are also part of the Cambridge Neuroscience Initiative.


Our broad goal is to understand how smell turns into behaviour in the fruit fly brain. We use a combination of genetic labelling and manipulation, targeted in vivo whole cell patch clamp recording and high resolution neuroanatomy to study olfactory circuits. Key interests include understanding how third order olfactory neurons of the lateral horn integrate information from specific olfactory channels. This process of selective integration is the fundamental unit of perception and is likely to underlie innate behavioural responses to general odours and sex pheromones.


See Pubmed for up to date list.

Supplemental Data

Our group's policy is to release all of the raw and processed data and analysis software accompanying our anatomical publications. Further information is available here


**Positions Available**

Both postdoctoral and PhD positions are available. Please contact me if you would like more information, telling me something about your background and scientific goals, where you might see some overlap with our scientific interests and arranging for 3 letters of reference. Further details about the PhD programme are available here. There may also be opportunities for undergraduate summer students / internships.

The lab's internal pages are accessible here. The home pages of some other related labs.

Contact Details

  Division of Neurobiology
  MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  Francis Crick Avenue
  Cambridge Biomedical Campus
  Cambridge, CB2 OQH
  United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)1223 267149
  • Fax: +44 (0)1223 267051 (Neurobiology Office)




  • European Research Council (StG)
  • Wellcome Trust (ATF)
  • Royal Society
  • Isaac Newton Trust
  • European Commission FP6
  • EMBO (YIP)
  • HFSP (LTF)

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