Sonia Sen

Sonia Sen

Sonia Sen
Senior Scientist


  • PhD, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, 2013


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Neuroscience, Institute of Molecular Biology, HHMI, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA, 2016-2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France and Biozentrum, University of Basel Switzerland, 2014-2015


Neurodevelopment and Behaviour

Areas of interest

Vector Biology, Behaviour and Control


  • S. Sen “Neurotransmitter Identity: A question of lineage.” (2019) eLife 2019;8:e47162 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.47162.
  • S. Sen, T. Southall, CQ. Doe “Neuroblast-specific chromatin landscapes allows the integration of spatial and temporal cues during Drosophila neurogenesis.” (2019) eLife 2019;8:e44036 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.44036
  • Arboleda E, Hartenstein V., Martinez P, Reichert H., S. Sen, Sprecher S, Bailly X. “An emerging system to study symbiosis, brain regeneration, chronobiology and behavior: The marine acoel Symsagittifera roscoffensis.” (2018) BioEssays
  • S. Sen, Cao D., Choudhary R., Biagini S., Wang J.W., Reichert, H., K. VijayRaghavan. “Rewiring the brain: Genetic transformation of structural and functional macrocircuitry in the Drosophila brain.” (2014) eLife 2014;10.7554/eLife.04407
  • S. Sen, Biagini S., Reichert, H., K. VijayRaghavan. “Orthodenticle is required for the development of olfactory projection neurons and local interneurons in Drosophila”(2014) Biology Open;3(8):711-7
  • S. Sen, Reichert, H., K. VijayRaghavan. “Conserved roles of ems/Emx and otd/Otx genes in olfactory and visual system development in Drosophila and mouse.” (2013) Open Biology, 3:120177; doi:10.1098/rsob.120177
  • S. Sen, Hartmann, B., Reichert, H., and Rodrigues, V. “Expression and function of the empty spiracles gene in olfactory sense organ development of Drosophila melanogaster.” (2010) Development 137, 3687–3695
  • Das, A.* S. Sen*, Lichtneckert, R., Okada, R., Ito, K., Rodrigues, V., and Reichert, H.“Drosophila olfactory local interneurons and projection neurons derive from a common neuroblast lineage specified by the empty spiracles gene.” (2010) Neural Development 3, 33
  • B.R. Venugopal S. Sen, C. Shivakumar and Rajamathi M.,“Delamination of Surfactant Cation Intercalated Smectite Clays in Alcohols: Effect of Chain Length of the Solvent”(2006) Applied Clay Sciences, 32 (1-2), 141-146
  • C. Nethravathi S. Sen, N. Ravishankar, Rajamathi M., Pietzonka C. and Harbrecht B.,“Ferrimagnetic Nanogranular Co3O4 through Solvothermal Decomposition of Colloidally Dispersed Monolayers of α − CobaltHydroxide′′(2005) Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109 (23), 11468 -11472

Other Publications

  • S. Sen, K. VijayRaghavan. “Heinrich Reichert – (1949-2019).” (2019) Development 2019 146: dev183517 DOI: 10.1242/dev.183517.
  • S. Sen “How to build a nervous system.” (2016) I Wonder, Issue 02, p 43-49
  • Sharma, R, S. Sen and Dey G “A new olfactory trap assay” (2005) Drosophila Information Services, 88, 115-118