The genetic background of female singing.
Singing is common among female songbirds but the frequency of female singing differs considerably between songbird families. However, the underlying mechanisms that determine these species differences are entirely unclear. In this project we want to compare the genetic background of species in which the females sing with those in which the females do not sing. Further, we aim to compare the development of the song control neural circuit and neuroendocrine parameters between such species. For successful application, the doctoral candidate should have a background in molecular biology and/or bioinformatics and a strong interest in developmental biology.