Dr. Anreiter is a behavioural geneticist with interests in gene regulation, epigenetics and biological embedding. She is currently studying the role of mRNA modifications in brain development and behavior.

Honors & Awards

  • Stanford Science Fellow, Stanford University (2020 - present)
  • Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation (2020)
  • John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Toronto (2020)
  • Schmidt Science Fellow, Schmidt Science Fellows in Partnership with the Rhodes Trust (2019 - 2020)
  • Oral Presentation Award, Canadian Drosophila Research Conference (CANFLY) (2019)
  • CIHR Brain Star Award for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2018)
  • H.H. Harvey Prize for sustained contributions to the intellectual life of the Department (Runner up), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (2018)
  • Jonathan Dostrovsky Award in Neuroscience, University of Toronto (2018)
  • P.A. Abrams award for sustained research excellence, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (2018)
  • DeLill Nasser Travel Award for Professional Development in Genetics, Genetics Society of America (2017)
  • Ramsey Wright award for sustained contributions to research and the life of the department, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (2017)
  • General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award, University of Toronto (2016 - 2018)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto (2016 - 2018)
  • The Mary Gertrude l'Anson Scholarship, University of Toronto (2016 - 2018)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Steering Committee of the Early Career Leadership Program, Genetics Society of America (2019 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Mestrado, Universidade Nova De Lisboa (2012)
  • Licenciatura, Universidade Tecnica De Lisboa (2010)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto (2019)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • The Drosophila foraging gene plays a vital role at the start of metamorphosis for subsequent adult emergence. Journal of neurogenetics Anreiter, I., Allen, A. M., Vasquez, O. E., To, L., Douglas, S. J., Alvarez, J. V., Ewer, J., Sokolowski, M. B. 2021: 1–13


    The foraging (for) gene has been extensively studied in many species for its functions in development, physiology, and behavior. It is common for genes that influence behavior and development to be essential genes, and for has been found to be an essential gene in both fruit flies and mammals, with for mutants dying before reaching the adult stage. However, the biological process underlying the lethality associated with this gene is not known. Here, we show that in Drosophila melanogaster, some but not all gene products of for are essential for survival. Specifically, we show that promoter 3 of for, but not promoters 1, 2, and 4 are required for survival past pupal stage. We use full and partial genetic deletions of for, and temperature-restricted knock-down of the gene to further investigate the stage of lethality. While deletion analysis shows that flies lacking for die at the end of pupal development, as pharate adults, temperature-restricted knock-down shows that for is only required at the start of pupal development, for normal adult emergence (AE) and viability. We further show that the inability of these mutants to emerge from their pupal cases is linked to deficiencies in emergence behaviors, caused by a possible energy deficiency, and finally, that the lethality of for mutants seems to be linked to protein isoform P3, transcribed from for promoter 3.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/01677063.2021.1914608

    View details for PubMedID 33944658