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.

Kat Awarded Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

Kat was awarded a Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year! This 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 behavior and physiology in animal systems or humans.

For more information on the CTRD research training group at IU, visit their website here.

Kristyn Publishes Manuscript in Physiological Reports

Kristyn’s manuscript on the influence of acute lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration on immune system activation and the gut microbiome of male and female hamsters has been accepted for publication in Physiological Reports! In this study, Kristyn showed that a single, modest dose of LPS activates an immune response and reduces food intake and body mass, but does not alter microbial composition or diversity in the gut.

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

Image credit: The Microbiome Diversity Project

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