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.




European Journal

of Neuroscience


The News-Gazette


Mustroph et. al, 2014


Recent evidence suggests that wheel running can abolish conditioned place preference (CPP) for cocaine in mice. Running significantly

increases the number of new neurons in the hippocampus, and new neurons have been hypothesised to enhance plasticity

and behavioral flexibility. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that increased neurogenesis was necessary for exercise to

abolish cocaine CPP.



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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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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.


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The Rhodes' Laboratory