The Rhodes' Laboratory

 The Rhodes' lab is supported by two federally funded grants through National Institutes of Health 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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The News-Gazette


Rendeiro et al., 2015


Recent evidence suggests that fructose consumption is associated with weight gain, fat deposition and impaired cognitive function. However it is unclear whether the detrimental effects are caused by fructose itself or by the concurrent increase in overall energy intake. In the present study we examine the impact of a fructose diet relative to an isocaloric glucose diet in the absence of overfeeding, using a mouse model that mimics fructose intake in the top percentile of the USA population (18% energy).



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Bhattacharya et al., 2015


Nutrition and physical exercise can enhance cognitive function but the specific combinations of dietary bioactives that maximize pro-cognitive effects are not known nor are the contributing neurobiological mechanisms...The objective of this study was to determine the effects of EGCG (~ 250 mg/kg/day), B-ALA (~ 550 mg/kg/day), and their combination with voluntary wheel running exercise on the following outcome measures: body composition, time to fatigue, production of new cells in the granule layer of the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus as a marker for neuronal plasticity, and behavioral performance on the contextual and cued fear conditioning tasks, as measures of associative learning and memory.


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Coral reef project brings students, learning together


"Kids around here know more about husking corn than about the colors of a coral reef. And their understanding of clown fish comes straight from "Finding Nemo."


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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.


Joining Rhodes Lab

  • Congratulations Elizabeth Grogan for winning the Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Award for SfN.
  • Congratulations Heinrich Pinardo for receiving the Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Award for SfN.
  • Congratulations Ivy Hernandez for receiving the Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Award for SfN.
  • Congrats Catarina on publishing your review in Neurochemical International.
  • Congratulations to Kristy Du for winning the Emerging Leaders poster competition at Experimental Biology.
  • Congratulations to Andrew Sheriff on winning the Donald E. Hebb award oustanding work in as an undergraduate in the biopsychology division.
  • Congratulations to Kristy Du for being a finalist for the Outstanding Graduate Intern award.

Last Modified: October 22, 2015

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