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Assa Bentzur 1,2, Shahar Alon 2,*,† and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2022) Behavioral Neuroscience in the Era of Genomics: Tools and Lessons for Analyzing High-Dimensional Datasets. Int J Mol Sci​/. 2022 Mar 30;23(7):3811.

Liora Omesi, Mali Levi, Assa Bentzur, Yong-Kyu Kim, Shir Ben-Shaanan, Reza Azanchi, Ulrike Heberlein and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2021) Sexual deprivation modulates social interaction and reproductive physiology bioRxiv 2021.04.27.441612; doi:


Julia Ryvkin*, Assa Bentzur*, Anat Shmueli, Miriam Tannenbaum, Omri Shallom, Shiran Dokarker, Jennifer I.C Benichou, Mali Levi and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2021) Transcriptome Analysis of NPFR Neurons Reveals a Connection Between proteome Diversity and Social Behavior. Front. Behav. Neurosci., 31 March

Assa Bentzur*, Shir Ben-Shaanan*, Jennifer Benichou, Eliezer Costi, Mali Levi, Amiyaal Ilany and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2020) Early life experience shapes male behavior and social networks in Drosophila. Current biology.

Patricia Deng, Anzer Khan, Dionna Jacobson, Nagraj Sambrani, Leeanne McGurk, Xianghua Li, Aswathy Jayasree, Jan Hejatko, Galit Shohat-Ophir, Mary A. O’Connell, Jin Billy Li, Liam P. Keegan. (2020) Adar RNA editing-dependent and -independent effects are required for brain and innate immune functions in Drosophila. Nat Commun. 2020; 11: 1580.

Anne L. Sapiro*, Anat Shmueli*, Gilbert Lee Henry, Qin Li, Tali Shalit, Orly Yaron, Yoav Paas, Jin Billy Li and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2019) Illuminating spatial A-to-I RNA editing signatures within the Drosophila brain. * Authors contributed equally. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 5;116(6):2318-2327.


Anat Shmueli, Tali Shalit, Eitan Okun and Galit Shohat-Ophir. (2018) The Toll pathway in the Central Nervous system of flies and mammals. NeuroMolecular Medicine. 20(4):419-436.


Zer-Krispil, S., Zak, H., Shao, L., Ben-Shaanan, S., Tordjman, L., Bentzur, A., Shmueli, A., Shohat-Ophir, G. (2018). Ejaculation Induced by the Activation of Crz Neurons Is Rewarding to Drosophila Males. Curr Biol 28, 1445-1452 e1443.

Featured in Curr Biol. 2018 21;28(10):R614-R616.


Ryvkin, J., Bentzur, A., Zer-Krispil, S., Shohat-Ophir, G. (2018). Mechanisms Underlying the Risk to Develop Drug Addiction, Insights From Studies in Drosophila melanogaster. Front Physiol 9, 327.

Bentzur, A., Shmueli, A., Omesi, L., Ryvkin, J., Knapp, J.M., Parnas, M., Davis, F.P., Shohat-Ophir, G. (2018). Odorant binding protein 69a connects social interaction to modulation of social responsiveness in Drosophila. PLoS Genet 14, e1007328.

Zer, S., Ryvkin, J., Wilner, H.J., Zak, H., Shmueli, A., Shohat-Ophir, G. (2016). A Simple Way to Measure Alterations in Reward-seeking Behavior Using Drosophila melanogaster. J Vis Exp.

Shohat-Ophir, G., Kaun, K.R., Azanchi, R., Mohammed, H., and Heberlein, U. (2012). Sexual deprivation increases ethanol intake in Drosophila. Science 335, 1351-1355.

Featured in Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10227

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