Kat Presents at ABC 2018

On April 13, I had the pleasure of presenting a poster at the 2018 Animal Behavior Conference! My poster featured some of the findings of my current study, in which I examined the effects of photoperiod and melatonin administration on circulating and neural androgen levels in male Siberian hamsters. This project was part of a…

Mini-Review Published in Frontiers in Endocrinology

A mini-review that I wrote with my advisor Greg and former Demas lab graduate student Nikki Rendon has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Endocrinology! This paper discusses evidence for a novel neuroendocrine pathway for territorial aggression in seasonally breeding animals, in which adrenal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) serves as an important precursor for neural androgen synthesis…

Kat Passes Part I of Qualifying Exam

I am excited to announce that after seven weeks of hard work and dedication, I passed part I of my Qualifying Exam, the first major milestone of my Ph.D. program! While the past two months have certainly been stressful, they have also been extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I look forward to applying the knowledge I’ve…

Guest Speaker for Research STEM Boot Camp

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker for the Fall 2017 Research STEM Boot Camp at Indiana University. This program is sponsored by the Groups Scholars Program and the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program and is designed to aid current undergraduate students in publishing and presenting their research at conferences….

Book Chapter Published in Encyclopedia of Reproduction

In collaboration with Kiran Soma and Cecilia Jalabert at the University of British Columbia, Greg and I wrote a book chapter on aggressive behavior for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Reproduction. This book chapter is my first publication as a Ph.D. student in Greg’s lab! A link for the chapter can be found under…

2017 Foundations in Science and Mathematics Program

This July, I instructed a two-week summer Zoology course through Indiana University’s Foundations in Science and Mathematics (FSM) program. This program is designed to prepare local middle and high school students for upcoming courses in math and the sciences. I had a great time interacting with my students and teaching them about animals! For more…

Trip to the University of British Columbia

For two weeks, I had the privilege of traveling to Vancouver to learn techniques in steroid extraction and LC-MS in Kiran Soma’s lab at the University of British Columbia! In collaboration with Kiran’s lab, I am comparing neurosteroid concentrations in brain nuclei associated with aggression and reproduction in male Siberian hamsters.

Kat Presents at ABC 2017

On April 7, I had the pleasure of presenting a poster on my masters research at the 2017 Animal Behavior Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. This annual conference is planned and sponsored by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University.

Rotation in Demas Lab

This past week, I started my second rotation in the lab of Dr. Greg Demas. For my rotation project, I will be examining the effect of melatonin on the development of aggression in male Siberian hamsters, Phodopus sungorus. Greg and one of his previous Ph.D. students, Nikki Rendon, recently published several papers exploring the neuroendocrine mechanisms…