Recent Publications



Prabhakaran PM, De J, Sheeba V. (2013) Natural Conditions Override Differences in Emergence Rhythm among Closely Related Drosophilids. PLoS One doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083048.

Prabhakaran PM, Sheeba V. (2013) Insights into differential activity patterns of drosophilids under semi-natural conditions. J. Exp. Biol. 216:4691-702.

Potdar S, Sheeba V. (2013) Lessons from sleeping flies: insights from Drosophila melanogaster on the neuronal circuitry and importance of sleep. J. Neurogenet. 27:23-42.

De J, Varma V, Saha S, Sheeba V, Sharma VK. (2013) Significance of activity peaks in fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, under seminatural conditions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 22:8984-9.


Prabhakaran PM, Sheeba V. (2012) Sympatric Drosophilid species melanogaster and ananassae differ in temporal patterns of activity. J. Biol. Rhythms 27:365-76.

Potdar S, Sheeba V. (2012) Large ventral lateral neurons determine the phase of evening activity peak across photoperiods in Drosophila melanogaster. J. Biol. Rhythms 27:267-79.


Sheeba V, Fogle KJ, Holmes TC. (2010) Persistence of morning anticipation behavior and high amplitude morning startle response following functional loss of small ventral lateral neurons in Drosophila. Plos One 5:e11628.


Sheeba V. (2008) The Drosophila melanogaster circadian pacemaker circuit. J. Genet. 87: 485-93.

Sheeba V, Fogle KJ, Kaneko M, Rashid S, Chou YT, Sharma VK, Holmes TC. (2008) Large ventral lateral neurons modulate arousal and sleep in Drosophila. Curr. Biol. 18:1537-45.

Sheeba V, Kaneko M, Sharma VK, Holmes TC. (2008) The Drosophila circadian pacemaker circuit: Pas De Deux or Tarantella? Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 43:37-61.

Sheeba V, Sharma VK, Gu H, Chou YT, O'Dowd DK, Holmes TC. (2008) Pigment dispersing factor-dependent and -independent circadian locomotor behavioral rhythms. J. Neurosci. 28:217-27.

Sheeba V, Gu H, Sharma VK, O'Dowd DK, Holmes TC. (2008) Circadian- and light-dependent regulation of resting membrane potential and spontaneous action potential firing of Drosophila circadian pacemaker neurons. J. Neurophysiol. 99:976-88.


Nitabach MN, Wu Y, Sheeba V, Lemon WC, Strumbos J, Zelensky PK, White BH, Holmes TC. (2006) Electrical hyperexcitation of lateral ventral pacemaker neurons desynchronizes downstream circadian oscillators in the fly circadian circuit and induces multiple behavioral periods. J. Neurosci. 26:479-89.

Full list of publications can be found here.