Manuscript Published in Hormones and Behavior

My manuscript on the role of melatonin in mediating seasonal transitions in aggressive behavior and circulating androgen profiles, which will form the first chapter of my dissertation, was recently published in Hormones and Behavior! In this study, I showed that male hamsters given a long-term, short day (SD)-like melatonin signal, either via timed melatonin injections or…

Kat Participates in Skype a Scientist Program

Yesterday, I spoke with Ms. Sylar’s 5th grade class from Belmont, North Carolina about my research and scientific journey as part of the Skype a Scientist program! As a treat for Halloween, I dressed up in my full lab gear, including a lab coat, surgical mask, safety glasses, and my hamster surgical cap. I had…

Kat Presents at Neuroscience 2019

Earlier this week, I presented a poster at Neuroscience 2019, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Chicago! Here, I discussed my recent findings on how seasonal variation in melatonin secretion alters neurosteroid profiles and aggressive behavior in male Siberian hamsters. I had a great time at this conference, and I look forward…

Kat Selected to Participate in Aubrey Gorbman Award Session at SICB 2020

I was recently selected to participate in the 2020 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Division of Comparative Endocrinology’s Aubrey Gorbman Award for Best Oral Presentation session! I am looking forward to sharing my recent findings on how melatonin modulates seasonal changes in neurosteroid levels and territorial aggression in male Siberian hamsters this coming…

Kat Featured on Endocrine Disruptors Podcast

Recently, I was featured on an episode of the Endocrine Disruptors Podcast! This podcast features interviews with scientists who study hormones and explores their journeys, identities, and research. In my interview, I discussed my research, including some cutting-edge techniques I am developing, and my journey to becoming a scientific researcher. Click here to listen to the podcast!

Kat Mentors Student for Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)

Last week, I mentored Kennedi, a rising junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, as part of the Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)! This one-week program introduces high school students to scientific research by pairing them with a host lab in the Indiana University Department of Biology and giving them the…

Kat Presents at SBN 2019

Last week, I presented a poster at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s 2019 meeting, which was held in my hometown at the Indiana University campus! Here, I discussed some of my recent findings on how seasonal changes in melatonin secretion alter steroidogenesis and aggressive behavior in male Siberian hamsters. I had a great time at…

Kat Receives Research Award from Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Government

I received a research award from the Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Government! This competitive, merit-based award is given annually to Indiana University graduate and professional students across all academic disciplines to support research expenses. This award will provide supplementary funding for my upcoming project, in which I will compare the central and peripheral…

Kat Awarded Senior Research Grant from Indiana Academy of Science

I was awarded a senior research grant from the Indiana Academy of Science! This grant is awarded to graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty whose scientific research shows particular promise and value to the state of Indiana. This funding will support my upcoming project, in which I will compare the central and peripheral actions of…

Kat Awarded Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

This week, I was awarded a Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year! This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University to outstanding graduate students whose research focuses on the development, evolution, and/or expression of behaviors…