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Demas Lab, Spring 2018

Demas Lab Spring 2018

Graduate Students | Undergraduate Students | Previous Lab Members
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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Demas_Greg

Dr. Greg Demas
Chair and Professor, Department of Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University (1998-2001)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1998)

Contact: gdemas@indiana.edu

 
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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Munley_Kat

Kat Munley
B.Sc. and B.A., University of Miami (2013)

Broadly, I am interested in how shifts in steroid hormone levels modulate seasonal changes in social behavior. For my dissertation, I am examining the neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying territorial aggression in Siberian hamsters, with a particular emphasis on how seasonal fluctuations in melatonin secretion mediate changes in neural and adrenal androgen synthesis.

 

Morrison_Beth

Beth Morrison
M.Sc., University of Central Arkansas (2016)
B.Sc., University of Central Arkansas (2013)

I am interested in how changes in gut microbiota affect behavior, specifically maternal care and reproduction. My current project investigates the effect of antibiotic treatment on behavior and the microbial diversity of female Siberian hamsters and its potential behavioral and physiological consequences in neonates.​

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LAB MANAGER

Deyoe_Jessica

Jessica Deyoe
B.Sc. and B.A., University of Buffalo (2016)

Contact: jedeyoe@indiana.edu

Broadly, my research interests include how neuroendocrine mechanisms and the microbiome regulate physiology and behavior in Siberian Hamsters. As the lab manager, I perform the day-to-day tasks in the lab, including maintaining our animal colony. I also assist with the various projects in the lab and conduct my own research projects. Additionally, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the IU School of Public Health.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Boice_Justuss

Justuss Boice
Class of 2020

I am a junior at Indiana University pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a business honors certificate on the pre-med track. I started in the Demas lab the summer before my junior year. While in the lab, I have assisted graduate students in their studies by performing hamster care and experimental procedures. My main research interest is animal behavior. I look forward to continuing to learn and gain experience in the lab in order to one day perform my own study. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

 

Henderson_Sarah

Sarah Henderson
Class of 2020

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry. In the lab, my duties include animal care, behavior scoring, and other research-related tasks. I hope to develop my own undergraduate research project as I continue learning new techniques. After graduating from Indiana University, I plan on applying to medical school.

 

Logan_Cameron

Cameron Logan
Class of 2019

I am in my junior year at Indiana University pursuing a B.S. in Biology and have been in the Demas lab since the beginning of my freshman year. My background in research has had a Forensic Biology focus, but working in the Demas lab has allowed me to investigate questions that are more aligned with my post-graduate goals. In the lab, I participate in general animal care and upkeep and aid in our graduate students’ projects as much as I can. After graduating, I would like to continue research and attend veterinary school.

 

mroz_leanne

Leanne Mroz
Class of 2018

I’m an undergraduate student at Indiana University pursuing a B.A. in Biochemistry and minoring in Computer Science. In the lab, I have chiefly done behavior scoring and necropsies, as well as regularly performing check-ups on the animals. I have a strong interest in advocating for widespread access to education and scientific literacy as well as expanding opportunities for underrepresented groups in the sciences. In my free time, I am a part of the Indiana University Student Association and Gaming @ IU. I am considering both law school and research as post-undergraduate opportunities.

 

Murphy_Grace

Grace Murphy
Class of 2020

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biology. In the lab, I assist the graduate students with their projects and experimental procedures. Working in the Demas lab has been a great opportunity, and I hope to continue to learn new techniques and reinforce concepts that I have learned in the classroom. After graduating from Indiana University, I plan to apply to medical school.

 

Ren_Clarissa

Clarissa Ren
Class of 2019

I am a senior majoring in Biology. Currently, I am focused on my senior honors thesis, which investigates how photoperiod modulates gut microbiome and behavior in Siberian hamsters. This project has taught me how to look through the literature to innovate and design an experiment, to troubleshoot, and to learn about the intersection between biology, bioinformatics, statistics, and neuroscience. In the future, I hope to continue research and attend medical school.

 

Vu_Michael

Michael Vu
Class of 2018

­I am a senior wrapping up my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. In the lab, I assist in hamster care and experimental procedures. Working in the Demas lab has provided me with useful insights into what the research field has to offer, experimental design, reinforcement of concepts learned in classes, and a greater appreciation for good teamwork. After graduating, I plan to enter medical school in order to become a pediatrician.

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PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS

Postdocs and Graduate Students

Version 2

Dr. Kristyn Sylvia

Dissertation
Modulation of the neuroendocrine system, gut microbiome, and social behavior

Current Position
Postdoctoral Researcher, Johns Hopkins University

 

 

allison

Dr. Alison Bailey

Dissertation
Regulation of seasonal reproduction by interacting environmental cues in Siberian hamsters

Current Position
Aviculture Associate, Wildlife Conservation Society

 

lorenz_tierney

Dr. Tierney Lorenz
Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity Postdoctoral Associate (2013-2016)

Current Position
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 

nikki

Dr. Nikki Rendon

Dissertation
Neuroendocrine mechanisms of seasonal aggression in females

Current Position
Medical Writer, Avant Healthcare

 

liz

Dr. Liz Carlton

Dissertation
Energetic signals and stressors regulate reproductive immune trade-offs and seasonal sickness responses in Siberian hamsters

Current Position
Junior High School Science Teacher, Illinois

 

 

christy

Dr. Christy Bergeon Burns
Co-advised by Ellen Ketterson

Dissertation
Coordination of testosterone-mediated phenotypes and underlying endocrine mechanisms across divergent populations of the dark-eyed junco

Current Position
Graduate Student, Genetic Counseling Program at Indiana University School of Medicine

 

jacqueline

Dr. Jacqueline Ho

Dissertation
Seasonal changes in endocannabonoid signaling and energy balance

Current Position
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington

 

emily_chester

Dr. Emily Chester

Dissertation
Short- and long-term effects of environmental challenges during gestation in Siberian hamsters

Current Position
Postdoctoral Researcher, Kinsey Institute and Department of Anthropology at Indiana University

 

mayte_ruiz

Dr. Mayte Ruiz
Co-advised by Emília Martins

Dissertation
Social signals and food availability influence reproduction and immunity

Current Position
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Puerto Rico

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dr. Susannah French
Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity Postdoctoral Associate (2007-2009)

Current Position
Associate Professor, Utah State University

 

 

tim

Dr. Timothy Greives

Dissertation
The role of kisspeptin in the regulation of seasonal reproduction in Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)

Current Position
Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

 

devin

Dr. Devin Zysling
Co-advised by Ellen Ketterson

Dissertation
The role of energetic trade-offs associated with seasonal variation in immune function

Current Position
Director of Regulatory & Clinical Affairs, Rheonix, Inc.

 

melissa

Dr. Melissa Scotti

Dissertation
The neuroendocrine mediators of aggression in Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)

Current Position
Quality Assurance Specialist, Columbia University Medical Center

 

nance

Dr. Nancy Beecher
Co-advised by Craig Nelson

Dissertation
Frog declines: Exploring connections among climate change, immunity, and disease

Current Position
Conservation Biology, Nevada

 

Undergraduate Students

st.john_emmaEmma St. John
Class of 2018

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Bauserman
Class of 2019

 

 

beck_leah

Leah Beck
Class of 2018

 

 

 

 

rachel stephens

Rachel Stephens
Class of 2018

 

 

 

bazan_jesus

Jesus Bazan
Class of 2018

 

 

 

boyes_daniel

Daniel Boyes
Class of 2017

 

 

 

 

Patricia Baez Ramos

Patricia Baez Ramos
University of Puerto Rico
Class of 2017

 

 

 

amez

Andrea Amez
Class of 2016

 

 

 

 

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Kyle O’Malley
Class of 2016

 

 

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Paola Guardado

 

 

 

weigel_ellen

Ellen Weigel
Class of 2015

 

 

 

 

thompson

Andrew Thompson

 

 

 

 

wright

Lauren Wright

 

 

 

 

harini

Harini Gurram
Class of 2014

 

 

 

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Matthew Smith
Class of 2013

 

 

sarah_orth

Sarah Orth
Class of 2013

 

 

 

kim

Kim Long
Class of 2012

 

 

 

jessica_vanosdol

Jessica VanOsdol
Class of 2011

 

 

 

sucharat

Sucharat Tayarachakul
Class of 2011

 

 

 

sam_adams

Samantha Adams
Class of 2011

 

 

 

 

amy_sutton

Amy Sutton
Class of 2010

 

 

 

rachel_buck

Rachel Buck
Class of 2010

 

 

 

nick_garcia

Nick Garcia
Class of 2009

 

 

 

tafor

Tafor Banu
Class of 2009

 

 

 

jerrah

Jerrah Jackson
Class of 2009

 

 

 

 

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Emily Stepp
Class of 2008

 

 

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Stefanie Frommeyer
Class of 2006

 

 

ken

Kentaro Oki
Class of 2006

 

 

 

 

misty

Misty Hawkins
Class of 2006

 

 

 

patel

Prashant Patel
Class of 2005

 

 

 

sangeeta

Sangeeta Sakaria
Class of 2005

 

 

 

 

tracy

Tracy Estes
Class of 2004

 

 

 

andy

Andy Lutz
Class of 2004

 

 

al

Al Durazzo
Class of 2004

 

 

claire

Claire Gonzalez
Class of 2002

 

 

 

kevin

Kevin Proud
Class of 2002

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