Principal Investigator

Dr. Justin Rhodes

Dr. Justin Rhodes

Justin S. Rhodes received his undergraduate BS degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1995, a MS in Fisheries from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998, and a MS in Statistics and PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. He then took a position as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. John C. Crabbe at Oregon & Health & Science University. Additionally, he concurrently was an instructor at Lewis & Clark College, teaching a course on Health Psychology.

In 2005, Dr. Rhodes took a full-time faculty position in the Behavioral Neuroscience Division in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently affiliated with various departments and programs: the Neuroscience Program, Program for Ecology and Evolution and Conservation Biology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the NeuroTech Group at Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

His fields of research interests are behavior genetics and neurobiology of motivation and addiction, effects of exercise on brain function and cognition using mice as a model organism, and the social impact driving neurobiological sex change in clownfish.

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Young Scientist Award (2008) – International Behavior and Neural Genetics Society (The Society that publishes Genes, Brain and Behavior)

LAS Helen Corley Petit Scholar (2012)

Evelyn Satinoff Professorial Scholar in Psychology (2012)

UIUC Medical Scholars Program Advisor of the Year (2013)

Nutritional Sciences Graduate Student Association Faculty Award (2014)

Classes Recently Taught:

Evolutionary Neuroscience (PSYC 433) – Fall

Applied Neuroscience (PSYC 302) – Spring

Capstone Undergraduate Research (PSYC 492) – Fall/Spring 2013-2014


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