The Rhodes Laboratory

 The Rhodes' lab is supported by a federally funded grant through National Science Foundation, a seed grant from the Beckman Institute, 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 1 postdoctoral research fellows, 2 graduate students, 1 research technician, and several undergraduates. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and devoted to training the next generation of neuroscientists and geneticists.




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Psyonic Indiegogo Campaign




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

Behavioural Brain



Prog. Molecular Bio.

& Translational Science

Majdak et al., 2016


Early environmental conditions are increasingly appreciated as critical in shaping behavior and cognition.

Evidence suggests that stressful rearing environments can have an enduring impact on behaviors in

adulthood, but few studies have explored the possibility that rearing environment could exacerbate

genetic hyperactivity disorders.


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DeAngelis, R.S. & Rhodes, J.S., 2016


"While it has traditionally been viewed that high androgens are a hindrance to male parental care, recent studies in

several vertebrate taxa have shown the opposite pattern, where high androgens either co-occur with, or are necessary

for high parental investment."


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Hamilton and Rhodes, 2015


Regular exercise broadly enhances physical and mental health throughout the lifespan. Animal models have provided us with the tools to gain a better understanding of the underlying biochemical, physiological, and morphological mechanisms through which exercise exerts its beneficial cognitive effects. One brain region in particular, the hippocampus, is especially responsive to exercise. It is critically involved in learning and memory and is one of two regions in the mammalian brain that continues to generate new neurons throughout life. Exercise prevents the decline of the hippocampus from aging and ameliorates many neurodegenerative diseases, in part by increasing adult hippocampal neurogenesis but also by activating a multitude of molecular mechanisms that promote brain health. In this chapter, we first describe some rodent models used to study effects of exercise on the brain. Then we review the rodent work focusing on the mechanisms behind which exercise improves cognition and brain health in both the normal and the diseased brain, with emphasis on the hippocampus.


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  • Congratulations to Ross for passing his Thesis defense!
  • Congratulations to Amanda for her new job as a research technician at Aptinyx!
  • Congratulations to Elizabeth, Lotanna, Jose, and Dominica on receiving summer Beckman Awards!
  • Congratulations to Stas on her new position as a Ph.D. student at U of C

Last Modified: July 1, 2018

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The Rhodes' Laboratory