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David Stern is a Group Leader at the Janelia Farms Research Campus. Originally trained as a field biologist, Stern brings a deep appreciation for the diversity among organisms to studies of development and evolution. As an HHMI investigator, interested in ecology and evolutionary biology, Stern hopes to look beyond the physical characteristics to the genetic basis for behavior. Research in the Stern Lab seeks answers to questions of How does animal behavior evolve? Which genes have evolved to generate behavioral diversity? How have these genes changed? How do these genes alter neural circuitarchitecture or physiology?