Kristyn’s Research Featured on ScIU

Kristyn’s research is currently featured in a post on ScIU, a graduate student-run blog that discusses cutting-edge research and current events at Indiana University! This post, written by ScIU blogger and resident hamster guru Kat, discusses Kristyn’s findings from her project on the sex-specific effects of gut dysbiosis on the gut microbiome and behavior in Siberian hamsters.

Click here to read more about Kristyn’s research, which was recently published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity!

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Clarissa Awarded Rex Grossman Scholarship

Last week, Clarissa was awarded the Rex Grossman Scholarship from the Department of Biology! This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding premedical undergraduate student that will be graduating in the upcoming fall semester. Congratulations, Clarissa!

Image credit: Sandee Milhouse Photography.

Kristyn Presents Poster at Experimental Biology 2018

This week, Kristyn presented a poster at Experimental Biology 2018! This annual multidisciplinary meeting showcases cutting-edge research from several focus areas in the life sciences, including physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, and pharmacology. Congratulations, Kristyn!

Kristyn Receives Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship

Kristyn received this year’s Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship at ABC 2018! This fellowship is awarded annually to a CISAB graduate student who shows academic talent in research and teaching and demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. Congratulations, Kristyn!

Image credit: Charli Taylor, Indiana University.

The Demas Lab at ABC 2018

This past weekend, Kristyn, Clarissa, Kat, and Jessica gave poster presentations at the 2018 Animal Behavior Conference, an annual meeting hosted by Indiana University’s own Center for the Integrative Study for Animal Behavior (CISAB). Way to go, ladies!

Congratulations, Dr. Kristyn Sylvia!

Today, Kristyn gave a wonderful Ph.D. dissertation seminar entitled, “Modulation of the Neuroendocrine System, Gut Microbiome, and Social Behavior” and successfully defended her dissertation to her committee. Congratulations, Dr. Sylvia!

Greg Receives Daniel J. Ziegler Award

On March 23, Greg was honored with the Daniel J. Ziegler Award by his alma mater, Villanova University. This award is given by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences to an alumnus who has made distinguished contributions to the field of psychology, other fields, or society in ways that represent the mission of the department and the university. Congratulations, Greg!

Click here to read more about Greg’s recent visit to Villanova, which is currently featured on the Department of Biology homepage!

Kat, Greg, and Nikki Publish Mini-Review in Frontiers in Endocrinology

Kat, Greg, and former Demas lab graduate student Nikki Rendon’s mini-review on neural androgen synthesis and aggression in seasonally breeding animals has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Endocrinology! This paper discusses evidence for a novel neuroendocrine pathway for territorial aggression, in which adrenal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) serves as an important precursor for neurally-derived androgens during the non-breeding season.

A link for the manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also be accessed here.

Image credit: Rendon et al. 2017, Functional Ecology.

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