Selected Publications


Guo L, Zhang N, Simpson JH. Descending neurons coordinate anterior grooming behavior in Drosophila.Curr Biol. 2022 Jan 21;. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.12.055.

Zhang, N. and Simpson, JH. A pair of commissural command neurons induces Drosophila wing grooming.  iScience, Volume 25, Issue 2, 18 February 2022, Pages 103792

Mueller JM, Zhang N, Carlson JM, Simpson JH. Variation and Variability in Drosophila Grooming Behavior.Front Behav Neurosci. 2021;15:769372. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2021.769372. eCollection 2021. PubMed PMID: 35087385; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8787196.

Ravbar P, Zhang N, Simpson JH. Behavioral evidence for nested central pattern generator control of Drosophila grooming. Elife. 2021 Dec 22;10. doi: 10.7554/eLife.71508. PubMed PMID: 34936550; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8694699.

McKellar CE, Siwanowicz I, Dickson, BJ, and Simpson JH. 2020. Controlling motor neurons of every muscle for fly proboscis reaching. eLife. Jun 25;9:e54978. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54978.

Zhang N, Guo L, Simpson JH. 2020. Spatial comparisons of mechanosensory information govern the grooming sequence in Drosophila.   Curr Biol. 30(6):988-1001.

Mueller JM, Ravbar P, Simpson JH, Carlson JM. 2019. Drosophila melanogaster grooming possesses syntax with distinct rules at different temporal scales.   PLoS Comput Biol. 15(6):e1007105. 

Ravbar P, Branson K, Simpson JH. 2019. An automatic behavior recognition system classifies animal behaviors using movements and their temporal context. J Neurosci Methods. 326:108352.

McKellar CE, Lillvis JL, Bath DE, Fitzgerald JE, Cannon JG, Simpson JH, Dickson BJ. 2019. Threshold-Based Ordering of Sequential Actions during Drosophila Courtship. Curr Biol. (18)31651-8.

Robie AA, Hirokawa J, Edwards AW, Umayam LA, Lee A, Phillips ML, Card GM, Korff W, Rubin GM, Simpson JH et al.. 2017. Mapping the Neural Substrates of Behavior. Cell. 170(2):393-406.e28.

Hampel S, McKellar CE, Simpson JH, Seeds AM. 2017. Simultaneous activation of parallel sensory pathways promotes a grooming sequence in Drosophila. Elife. 6

Simpson JH. 2016. Rationally subdividing the fly nervous system with versatile expression reagents. J. Neurogenetics. 30(3-4)

Knapp J-M, Chung P, Simpson JH. 2015. Generating customized transgene landing sites and multi-transgene arrays in Drosophila using phiC31 integrase. Genetics. 199(4):919-34.

Ohyama T, Schneider-Mizell CM, Fetter RD, Aleman JValdes, Franconville R, Rivera-Alba M, Mensh BD, Branson KM, Simpson JH, Truman JW et al.. 2015. A multilevel multimodal circuit enhances action selection in Drosophila. Nature. 520(7549):633-9.

Hampel S, Franconville R, Simpson JH, Seeds AM. 2015. A neural command circuit for grooming movement control. Elife. 4:e08758. 

Albin SD, Kaun KR, Knapp J-M, Chung P, Heberlein U, Simpson JH. 2015. A Subset of Serotonergic Neurons Evokes Hunger in Adult Drosophila. Curr Biol. 25(18):2435-40.

Seeds AM, Ravbar P, Chung P, Hampel S, Midgley FM Jr, Mensh BD, Simpson JH. 2014. A suppression hierarchy among competing motor programs drives sequential grooming in Drosophila.  eLife. 3:e02951. 

Louis M, Simpson JH. 2018. Disentangling the strings that organize behavior. Elife. 7PubMedGoogle ScholarBibTeX

Reviews and Previews

Simpson JH, de Bivort BL. Orb weavers: Patterns in the movement sequences of spider web construction.Curr Biol. 2021 Nov 22;31(22):R1467-R1469. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.09.066. PubMed PMID: 34813748.

Simpson JH, Looger LL. 2018. Functional Imaging and Optogenetics in Drosophila. Genetics. 208(4):1291-1309.

Simpson JH. 2020.  Fear and Foxes: An Educational Primer for Use with "Anterior Pituitary Transcriptome Suggests Differences in ACTH Release in Tame and Aggressive Foxes". Genetics. 215(1):15-24.