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…

Kat Presents at ABC 2019

This past weekend, I presented my research at the 2019 Animal Behavior Conference! During my presentation, I discussed how seasonal changes in melatonin secretion alter circulating androgen profiles and aggressive behavior in male Siberian hamsters. Also, two of my undergraduate mentees, Sarah and John, both gave excellent presentations during this year’s poster session! I had…

Kat Advances to Candidacy

A few weeks ago, I passed the second part of my Qualifying Exam and advanced to candidacy! This is the last major milestone of my Ph.D. program before my dissertation defense. I look forward to continuing my research in the Demas Lab over the next few years!

Clarissa Defends Senior Honors Thesis

Yesterday afternoon, one of my undergraduate mentees, Clarissa, successfully defended her senior honors thesis! For her senior thesis project, Clarissa showed that sex-specific and seasonal changes in gut microbiome composition are associated with aggressive behavior in male and female hamsters. This presentation was the culmination of several years of research that Clarissa conducted in the…

Kat Co-Chairs Session at SICB 2019 and is Awarded Grant-in-Aid of Research

This weekend, I presented my research and co-chaired the “Hormones and Behavior II: Everything but the Birds” session at the 2019 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting in Tampa, Florida! During this session, I discussed my recent findings on the role of melatonin in mediating seasonal transitions in circulating androgens and aggressive behavior…

Kat Presents at ICN 2018

On July 15, I had the pleasure of presenting my research at the 2018 International Congress of Neuroendocrinology in Toronto, Canada! Here, I discussed findings from the first study of my graduate career at IU, in which I investigated the effects of photoperiod and melatonin administration on circulating and neural androgen levels in male Siberian…