The Rhodes' Laboratory

 The Rhodes' lab is supported by two federally funded grants through NIH and a grant funding the Mouse Cognition Core Facility acquired from the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory. Located in the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, the lab consists of 4 postdoctoral research fellows, 3 graduate students, 1 research coordinator, 2 research technicians, and several undergraduates. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and devoted to training the next generation of neuroscientists and geneticists.

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Majdak et. al, 2014

 

Daily levels of physical activity vary greatly across individuals and are strongly influenced by genetic background. While moderate levels of physical activity are associated with improved physical and mental health, extremely high levels of physical activity are associated with behavioral disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, the genetic and neurobiological mechanisms relating hyperactivity to ADHD or other behavioral disorders remain unclear.

 

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Yeager et. al, 2014

 

Many marine fishes change sex in response to social cues when the dominance hierarchy is perturbed. Arginine-vasotocin (AVT) and the mammalian homolog arginine vasopressin are neuropeptides involved in social and reproductive behaviors across vertebrate taxa. The goal of this study was to determine whether AVT signaling influences aggression and expression of c-Fos, a marker of neuroplasticity, in key brain regions of the social decision circuit in Amphiprion ocellaris clownfish, a species where behavioral dominance precedes gonadal sex change from male to female.

 

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How Exercise Boost Memory

 

"The scientific evidence is now clear. If you want to keep your mind sharp as you age, you need to keep physically active. The explanation has to do with the broad-reaching effects of exercise on the chemistry, physiology and structure of the brain."

 

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For any hard-working, enthusiastic undergraduates that are interested in being part of the lab, please follow the link below for more information.

 

We currently do not have any graduate research assistant or postdoctoral fellowships available at the moment.

 

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