Journal of Undergraduate Research


memory protocol, cAMP levels, axenic, conventional flies


Life Sciences


Plant and Wildlife Sciences


Going into this project, it was my intention of complete two separate goals: first, to optimize a learning assay for testing memory and learning in Drosophila melanogaster for future use in the Plant and Wildlife Department laboratory at Brigham Young University, and second, to investigate cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels between two genotypes of Drosophila: wild type and dunce. While I was able to successfully complete my first goal, due to unexpected complications while completing it, the second goal was unable to be completed in time. This experience has taught me that experiments can be difficult to work into a specific period of time because of unforeseen complications and troubleshooting.