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Barry J. Dickson, PhD Biography

Former Scientific Director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“We show that male [gene] splicing is essential for male courtship behavior and sexual orientation. More importantly, male [gene] splicing is also sufficient to generate male behavior in otherwise normal females. These females direct their courtship toward other females (or males engineered to produce female pheromones).

The splicing of a single neuronal gene thus specifies essentially all aspects of a complex innate behavior.”

Cell, June 3, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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MD's and PhD's in psychology, with significant post-doctorate involvement in human sexuality issues. [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Group Leader, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2013-present
  • Scientific Director, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMP), 2005-2013
  • Editorial Board, Trends in Neuroscience, 2003-present
  • European Molecular iology Organization (EMBO), 2003-present
  • Editorial Board, PLoS Biology, 2003-present
  • Wittgenstein Award, Austrian Science Foundation, 2005
  • Senior Scientist, IMP, 2003-2005
  • Group Leader, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, 1998-2002
  • EMBO Young Investigator Award, 2000
  • Junior Group Leader, Zoologisches Institut der Universität Zürich, 1996-1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Prof. Corey Goodman, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1994-1995
  • Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Prof. Ernst Hafen, Zoologisches Institut der Universität Zürich, 1993-1994
  • EMBO Short Term Fellowship, 1992
  • Research Assistant, Salk Institute, 1987-1989
  • PhD, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 1992
  • BSc, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1987
  • BSc, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1984
  • Research Assistant, Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne, 1984-1986
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Gay Gene?