Beth was recently awarded a Gut Microbiome, Yogurt, and Probiotics Fellowship Grant from Danone North America! This grant is awarded annually to two graduate students interested in exploring how the gut microbiome, probiotics, and yogurt help support and maintain human health and wellness. Congratulations, Beth!
Congratulations to our spring 2020 graduates: lab manager Jessica Deyoe, who earned her Master’s of Public Health, and undergraduate students Justuss Boice, Eamonn Duffy, Sarah Henderson, and Grace Murphy! All of us in the Demas lab are so proud of all you have accomplished, and we wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!
Kat received a Louise Constable Hoover Fellowship from the Department of Biology! This fellowship is awarded annually to three senior graduate students in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior graduate program to support research expenses. Congratulations, Kat!
Kat and Beth received predoctoral fellowships 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. Way to go, ladies!
For more information about CISAB, visit their website here.
Cat received an honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program application! This competitive program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Congratulations, Cat!
Kat was awarded a student research grant from the Animal Behavior Society! This grant is given annually to outstanding graduate student members of the Animal Behavior Society to support research expenses. Congratulations, Kat!
Clarissa’s manuscript on the effects of photoperiod on the gut microbiome and aggression was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology! In this study, Clarissa found that SD males and females exhibited distinct changes in the relative abundance of gut bacterial phyla and families, and that these changes were associated with aggressive behavior. Collectively, her findings suggest a role for the gut microbiome in modulating social behavior in seasonally breeding animals.
A link for the manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also be accessed here.
Earlier this month, Kat and Beth gave oral presentations at SICB 2020, the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, in Austin, Texas! Beth shared her recent findings on how maternal gut dysbiosis via antibiotic administration affects offspring behavior in Siberian hamsters. Kat was selected to compete for the Division of Comparative Endocrinology’s Aubrey Gorbman Award for Best Student Oral Presentation, where she discussed how melatonin modulates seasonal changes in neurosteroid levels and territorial aggression in male Siberian hamsters. Way to go, ladies!
On Saturday, members and friends of the lab gathered at Greg’s house for our annual Christmas party, featuring a delicious BBQ-themed meal and a fun white elephant gift exchange! From all of us at the Demas Lab, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!
Demas Lab undergraduate students Sarah and Eamonn were recently awarded Research Grants from IU’s Hutton Honors College to support their independent research projects! These grants are awarded each semester to exceptional IU undergraduate students to allow them to pursue serious academic inquiry, develop intellectual independence, and build research skills and techniques. Congratulations, Sarah and Eamonn!