David S. Ronderos, Ph.D.

David S. Ronderos, Ph.D. | BiologyAssistant Professor, Biology


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • B.A., Biology & Chemistry, Minnesota State University–Moorhead, MN

Dr. Ronderos’ research interests are in sensory neuroscience, focusing on olfaction & vision, and using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. In the olfactory system, he has studied how insect repellents, food odors, and pheromones are detected and how they elicit behavior. In the visual system, his research is currently focused on identifying novel genes required for vision in both flies and humans.

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • Ronderos DS, Lin C, Potter CJ, and Smith DP, “Farnesol-Detecting Neurons in Drosophila”, Journal of Neuroscience, 34(11):3959-68, 2014
  • Kwon Y*, Kim SH*, Ronderos DS*, Lee Y, Akitake B, Woodward OM, Guggino WB, Smith DP, and Montell C, “Drosophila TRPA1 Channel is Required to Avoid the Naturally-Occurring Insect Repellent Citronellal”, Current Biology, 20(18):1672-8, 2010 (*denotes equal contribution)
  • Ronderos DS and Smith DP, “Activation of the T1 Neural Circuit is Necessary and Sufficient to Induce Sexually Dimorphic Mating Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster”, Journal of Neuroscience, 30:2595-2599, 2010
  • Ronderos DS and Smith DP, “Diverse Signaling Mechanisms Mediate Volatile Odorant Detection in Drosophila”, Fly, (Austin) 3(4):290-297, 2009 (Review)