• Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt researcher finds evidence for ant caste systems driven by chemo-sensing responses

    Stephen Ferguson, first-author of a new paper with his postdoctoral advisor, Laurence Zwiebel, along with two undergraduates associated with the lab, Isaac Bakis and Nicholas Edwards, confirmed the existence of a specialized soldier caste within an ant species. Read More

    Apr 3, 2023

  • Vanderbilt University

    Decoding ants’ coat of many odors

    A team of biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that underpins their highly complex society. Read More

    Jul 10, 2017

  • Mosquito sperm

    Mosquito sperm have a sense of smell

    Vanderbilt biologists have discovered that mosquito sperm have a “sense of smell” and that some of same chemicals that the mosquito can smell cause the sperm to swim harder. Read More

    Feb 3, 2014

  • Mole Smell Vanderbilt

    Evidence moles can smell in stereo

    Neuroscientist Kenneth Catania has resolved a long-standing scientific debate by showing that the common mole can smell in stereo. Read More

    Feb 5, 2013

  • Vanderbilt University

    Zwiebel Lab adds ants to its research repertoire

    After more than a decade spent successfully decoding the malaria mosquito’s sense of smell, the Zwiebel Lab has added ant olfaction to its research repertoire and has just received a major grant to pursue this new avenue for the next four years. Read More

    Sep 13, 2012

  • Scene 2011 Innovations

    Nashville innovations

    Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs:… Read More

    Aug 23, 2011