Marla Sokolowski co-directed the Child and Brain Development Program (2008-2019). Her innovative work is esteemed worldwide as a clear, integrative mechanistic paragon of the manner in which genes can interact with the environment, thus impacting behaviour.
She has trail-blazed the development of a branch of behaviour genetics that addresses the genetic and molecular bases of natural individual differences in behaviour. Sokolowski is best known for her discovery of the foraging gene. She has more than 200 publications, is an award-winning teacher and mentor, and has given close to 250 invited lectures.
- Royal Society of Canada’s Flavelle Medal for research in biological sciences, 2020
- Distinguished Investigator Award from the International Behaviour and Neurogenetics Society, 2015
- Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
- University Professor, 2010-
- Genetics Society of Canada’s Award of Excellence, 2007
- Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Behavioural Neurology, 2001 to 2015
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1998-
- Fellow, Massey College, 2001-
- Boyce, W.T.,* Sokolowski, M.B.,* Robinson, G.E. 2020. Genes and environments, development and time. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 117: 23235-2341.
- Anreiter, I. Sokolowski, M.B. 2019. The foraging gene and its behavioral effects: pleiotropy and plasticity. Annual Review of Genetics 53:373-392.
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