Professor Stephen GoodwinBack to People

Subjects: Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine
Department: Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
Phone: 01865 272454


Stephen was educated at Methodist College Belfast. He received his BSc, and PhD from the University of Glasgow. After his PhD, he had a Postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Jeff Hall at Brandeis University. At the end of 1999 Stephen returned to the UK as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He arrived in Oxford in 2009, where he is a Professor of Neurogenetics, and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator in the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.


Neuroscience, Genetics, and Physiology. Courses: Medicine (First BM parts 1 & 2), Biomedical Sciences (BMS Yr 1 & 2), Biological Sciences (Yr1). FHS in Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences. Postgraduate taught: MSc in Neuroscience.

Research Interests

We are interested in the genetic, developmental, and neural mechanisms that underlie sex-specific behaviours.

Selected Publications

  • Nojima, T., Rings, A., and Goodwin, S.F. (2018) Drosophila Courtship: Love is not blind. Current Biology, 15, R840-R842.
  • Brüggemeier, B., Porter, M.A., Vigoreaux, J.O., and Goodwin, S.F. (2018) Female Drosophila melanogaster respond to song-amplitude modulations. Biology Open, 7(6). pii: bio032003.
  • Bath, E., Bowden, S., Peters, C., Reddy, A., Tobias, J.A., Easton-Calabria, E., Seddon, N., Goodwin, S.F., and Wigby, S. (2017) Sperm and sex peptide stimulate aggression in female Drosophila. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1(6):0154
  • Pavlou, H.J., Lin, A.C., Neville, M.C., Nojima, T., Diao, F., Chen, B.E., White, B.H., and Goodwin, S.F. (2016) Neural circuitry coordinating male copulation eLife, 5, pii: e20713.
  • Rezával, C., Pattnaik, S., Pavlou, H.J., Nojima, T., Brüggemeier, B., D’Souza, L.A., Dweck, H.K., and Goodwin, S.F. (2016) Activation of Latent Courtship Circuitry in the Brain of Drosophila Females Induces Male-like Behaviors. Current Biology, 26, 2508–2515.
  • Clough, E., Jimenez, E., Kim, Y.A., Whitworth, C., Neville, M.C., Hempel, L.U., Pavlou, H.J., Chen, Z.X., Sturgill, D., Dale, R.K., Smith, H.E., Przytycka, T.M., Goodwin, S.F., Van Doren, M., and Oliver, B. (2014) Sex- and tissue-specific functions of Drosophila doublesex transcription factor target genes. Developmental Cell, 31, 761-73.
  • Rezával, C., Nojima, T., Neville, M.C., Lin, A.C., and Goodwin, S.F. (2014) Sexually dimorphic octopaminergic neurons modulate female postmating behaviors in Drosophila. Current Biology, 24, 725-730.
  • Neville, M.C., et al. Goodwin, S.F. (2014) Male-Specific Fruitless Isoforms Target Neurodevelopmental Genes to Specify a Sexually Dimorphic Nervous System. Current Biology, 24, 229-241.
  • Fabre, G.C.C., Hedwig, B., Conduit, G., Lawrence, P.A., Goodwin, S.F., and Casal, J. (2012) Substrate-borne vibratory communication during courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. Current Biology, 22, 2180–2185.
  • Pavlou, H.J., and Goodwin, S.F. (2012) Courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster: towards a ‘courtship connectome’. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23, 76–83.
  • Rezával, C., Pavlou, H.J., Dornan, A.J., Chan, Y-B., Kravitz, E.A., and Goodwin, S.F. (2012) Neural circuitry underlying Drosophila female post-mating behavioural responses. Current Biology, 22, 1155-1165.
  • Rideout, E.J., Dornan, A.J., Neville, M.C., Eadie, S., and Goodwin, S.F. (2010) Control of sexual differentiation and behavior by the doublesex gene in Drosophila melanogaster. Nature Neuroscience, 13, 458-66.