Manuscript Published in Journal of Neuroendocrinology

My collaborator Dr. Nikki Rendon’s manuscript on the role of melatonin in regulating steroid metabolism and aggressive behavior in female hamsters was recently published in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology! This manuscript was the culmination of a collaboration between Nikki, Dr. Chris Petersen, and myself. In this study, we showed that females given a SD-like melatonin signal,…

Kat Awarded Core Pilot Grant from Indiana CTSI

I was awarded a Core Pilot Grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute! This grant serves to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions, including Indiana University. This two year research grant will allow me to develop a state-of-the-art liquid chromatography-tandem…

Kat Receives Louise Constable Hoover Fellowship from IU Department of Biology

I received the Louise Constable Hoover Fellowship from the Department of Biology at Indiana University! This fellowship is awarded annually to three senior graduate students in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior graduate program to support research expenses. These funds will support me as I conduct the final study of my dissertation, in which I am…

Kat Receives CISAB Predoctoral Fellowship

I received a predoctoral fellowship from Indiana University’s Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB)! This fellowship is awarded annually to outstanding IU graduate students who exemplify an integrative approach to the study of animal behavior through their research, teaching and other professional activities. This award will support me for two semesters of…

Kat Awarded Student Research Grant from Animal Behavior Society

I was recently awarded a student research grant from the Animal Behavior Society! This grant is awarded annually to outstanding graduate student members of the Animal Behavior Society to support research expenses. This award will help fund the last of my dissertation studies, in which I am examining the central and peripheral actions of the…

Clarissa Publishes Manuscript in Journal of Experimental Biology

Clarissa, one of my former undergraduate mentees, recently published her manuscript on the effects of photoperiod on the gut microbiome and aggression in the Journal of Experimental Biology! In this study, Clarissa found that SD male and female hamsters exhibited distinct changes in the relative abundance of gut bacterial phyla and families, and that these changes…

Kat Presents at SICB 2020

Earlier this week, I gave an oral presentation at SICB 2020, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s annual meeting, in Austin, Texas! I was selected to compete for the Division of Comparative Endocrinology’s Aubrey Gorbman Award for Best Student Oral Presentation, where I discussed how melatonin modulates seasonal changes in neurosteroid levels and territorial…

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…