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

Physiology and


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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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.


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Last Modified: April 7th, 2015

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The Rhodes' Laboratory