The Ron Davis Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute Florida and the Baylor College of Medicine

Recent Highlights

Research from the Tomchik lab finds that neurofibromin modulates metabolic rate via neuronal mechanisms.
July 13, 2021 - Nature Communications
July 13, 2021 - Scripps Research - News

The Tomchik lab welcomes Dr. Connor Broyles, Research Associate, to the lab. Welcome!
August 3, 2020 - Lab Members

A new study from the lab reports that loss of Nf1 results in repetitive behavior (spontaneous grooming) via developmental effects on distributed neuronal circuits.
July 22, 2020 - PLOS Genetics

The Tomchik lab was award an R01 grant from NIH/NINDS to study how dopaminergic circuits modulate learning and arousal-mediated memory enhancement.
July 15, 2020

Dr. Tamara Boto will be joining the department of Physiology at Trinity College Dublin as an Assistant Professor in May, 2020. Congratulations, Tamara!
February 17, 2020 - Physiology, Trinity College Dublin

New research results from the Tomchik lab suggest that loss of NF1 alters metabolic rate in a Drosophila model of neurofibromatosis type 1.
November 8, 2019 – bioRxiv

A new study from the Tomchik lab reveals how different dopaminergic circuits regulate the valence and strength of aversive olfactory memory.
May 14, 2019 - Science Direct
May 14, 2019 - EurekAlert
May 14, 2019 - The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

We’re proud of our recent interns, and wish them the best of luck! Congratulations for recent admissions to Jordyn (Vanderbilt), Eliza (Emory), Varun (Georgia Tech), and Chevara (Columbia).
April 8, 2019

The Tomchik lab is now on Twitter – follow us @TomchikLab.
November 28, 2018 - Twitter

Seth Tomchik lectures and runs a lab, with Aaron Stahl, in the “Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behavior” course at Cold Spring Harbor.
July 9, 2018 - Cold Spring Harbor

Congratulations to Eamon Byrnes for acceptance into the M.D. program at the FSU College of Medicine. Best of luck!
June 12, 2018

Sara K. Simpson and Yoheilly Velazquez have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at MIT and UTSW, respectively. Congratulations and best of luck!
May 8, 2018

Congratulations to Val Botero for admission into the Scripps graduate program. Welcome!
March 12, 2018

Research from the Tomchik lab reports that reward learning drives strong, cAMP-dependent plasticity in a memory-encoding brain region of Drosophila.
January 16, 2018 - PNAS

The Tomchik lab was award an R01 grant from NIH/NINDS to study how Neurofibromatosis type 1 affects neurons and behavior.
May 31, 2017 - The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

Valentina Botero, a summer 2016 intern, has rejoined the lab as a full-time research assistant. Welcome back, Val!
May 31, 2017 - Lab Members

The lab welcomes Dr. Aaron Stahl as our newest Research Associate.
May 8, 2017 - Lab Members

Sara Simpson is a finalist for the Undergraduate Research Award at the AChemS conference. Congratulations, Sara!
April 29th, 2017 – AChemS

Valentino Botero received an honorable mention for her poster presentation at the NorthEast Undergraduate Research on Neuroscience (NEURON) meeting. Congratulations, Val!
February 27, 2017

Congratulations to Afshin Khalili, who was selected to present the graduate student talk at Scripps Research Fest.
October 21, 2016 - The Scripps Research Institute, Research Fest

Congratulations to Sara Simpson for placing second in the Scripps Undergraduate Summer Internship Research Poster Presentation.
August 12, 2016 – The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

Congratulations to Dr. Lani King for the publication of his Journal Club article in the Journal of Neuroscience.
August 10, 2016 - The Journal of Neuroscience

Research from the Tomchik lab: Overly fastidious flies shed light on neurofibromatosis.
May 2, 2016 - Genes to Genomes
May 2, 2016 - YouTube

Research from the Tomchik lab finds a link between Nf1 and excessive grooming in Drosophila.
February 19, 2016G3 Genes | Genomes | Genetics

The Tomchik lab welcomes new Research Associate, Dr. Lanikea King.
July 15, 2015Lab Members

Congratulations to Dr. Marta Koch, who accepted a position as an editor at Cell.
March 1, 2015

Tomchik lab awarded a Whitehall Foundation grant to study cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory formation.
December 1, 2014 – Whitehall Foundation (

Dr. Thierry Louis, a Research Associate in the Tomchik lab, accepted to the 2014 Cold Spring Harbor Drosophila Neurobiology course.
May 8, 2014

Dr. Marta Koch received a FWO travel grant to support her research in the Tomchik lab.
May 1, 2014 - The FWO

Research from the Tomchik lab shows how dopamine and cAMP signaling allocate learning-related plasticity in the brain.
March 27, 2014 - EurekaAlert
March 27, 2014 - Science Daily
March 27, 2014 - Medical Express
March 27, 2014 - The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

Dr. Seth Tomchik shows how brain cells shape temperature preferences.
January 29, 2013 - EurekaAlert
February 25, 2013 -The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

Scripps Research Institute Appoints Memory Researcher to Faculty.
January 24, 2014 - The Scripps Research Institute - News Release

Scripps Florida researchers probe causes of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's through the brains of flies, mice.
January 10, 2010 - Palm Beach Post