2019 Highlights

Study: Heterozygous loss of KCNQ2 potassium channel gene induces autism-associated behaviors

Molecular and integrative physiology professor Hee Jung Chung (left), her postdoctoral fellow Eung Chang Kim (middle), Psychology professor Justin Rhodes (right), and their colleagues discovered that heterozygous loss of KCNQ2 potassium channel gene induces autism-associated behaviors in mice including social avoidance, repetitive behaviors, and obsessive and compulsive-like behaviors.

For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brain

Justin Rhodes – professor of psychology, Beckman Institute

Justin Rhodes, a professor of psychology, and his colleagues discovered that the male-to-female sex change in anemonefish occurs first in the brain. “It’s a very clear demonstration that brain sex and gonadal sex can be uncoupled,” said Rhodes

Hormones and Behavior

Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

June 2019 Cover

Hormones and Behavior publishes original research articles, reviews and special issues concerning hormone-brain-behavior relationships, broadly defined. The journal’s scope ranges from laboratory and field studies concerning neuroendocrine as well as endocrine mechanisms controlling the development or adult expression of behavior to studies concerning the environmental control and evolutionary significance of hormone-behavior relationships. The journal welcomes studies conducted on species ranging from invertebrates to mammals, including humans.


Stratton fifth-graders making a splash at UI’s Beckman Open House

Cora Quinn, 6, looks at hermit and horseshoe crabs in a tank in an exhibit her father, Brandon Rutherford, was setting up for Stratton Elementary School students Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the University of Illinois’ Beckman Open House at the Beckman Institute in Urbana.

Ocean Lovin’ 2 – Clownfish: Podcast