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Demas Lab, Fall 2019

Demas Lab Fall 2019


Graduate Students | Undergraduate Students | Previous Lab Members
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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

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Dr. Greg Demas
Chair and Professor, Department of Biology
Member, Program in Neuroscience and Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University (1998-2001)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1998)
Contact: gdemas@indiana.edu

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

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Dr. Jessica Cusick
Ph.D., Florida State University (2019)
M.Sc., Florida Atlantic University (2012)
B.A., SUNY Binghamton University (2009)
https://www.jessicacusick.com

Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity Postdoctoral Associate

As a behavioral ecologist, I am broadly interested in complex social behavior. For my doctoral research, I investigated the proximate mechanisms that influence individual differences in behavior and how these individual differences affect complex group formation, cooperation, and aggression in brown-headed nuthatches. As a postdoctoral fellow, I will examine how the maternal neuroendocrine-microbiome environment shapes offspring development and behavior in Siberian hamsters.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Kat Munley
B.Sc. and B.A., University of Miami (2013)
http://www.kmunley.com

Broadly, I am interested in how steroid hormones 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 shifts in melatonin signaling mediate changes in neural and adrenal steroid synthesis.

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

Co-advised by Irene Newton

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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Cat Steinbeiser
B.Sc., University of New England (2016)

Co-advised by Mike Wasserman

Broadly, I am interested in how animal behavior and physiology can be applied to the conservation of endangered species. During my time at Indiana University, I plan to investigate how primates living in the tropics are affected by human-wildlife conflict and ecotourism.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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Kate Adaniya
Class of 2022

I am a junior pursuing a B.S. in Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease. This will be my third year researching in the Demas Lab, and I am excited to continue learning more about the interactions between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in Siberian Hamsters. I would like to use the techniques and information that I learn in the lab to prepare me for medical school, where I hope to become an endocrinologist.

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Taylor Deckard
Class of 2021

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Behavior. Generally, I am interested in animal cognition, comparative biology, the evolution of behavior, and the physiological mechanisms underlying animal behavior. In the lab, I assist with graduate student projects, including behavior scoring and other research-related tasks. My long-term career goal is to aid in the preservation of endangered species, either through field research or a rehabilitation center.

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Lizbeth Funkhouser 
Class of 2023

I am a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Biology. I began working in the Demas lab during my sophomore year in high school through the Indiana University Jim Holland Summer Research Program. In the lab, I assist the graduate students with various projects, procedures, and animal care. As I continue working in the lab, I hope to develop my laboratory skills. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school.

Luke Gohmann
Class of 2023

I am a sophomore majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Biology of Disease. This is my second year in the Demas Lab, and I’m excited to continue learning laboratory techniques and etiquette. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in understanding how microbes within the mammalian gut cause changes in behavior by altering hormone secretion. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school, where I intend to conduct further research within these fields.

Nathaniel Martine
Class of 2023

I am a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. This will be my second year doing research in the Demas Lab, and I am excited to continue getting hands-on experience in a lab setting, as it will help me in my future pursuits. Working in the Demas Lab will also give me the opportunity to explore other fields of biological research as I continue my education at Indiana University. After graduating, I would like to become an oncologist or a researcher in oncology.

Andi Nowakowski
Class of 2021

I am a senior at Indiana University studying Biotechnology and Chemistry. This year, I am investigating the role of the gut microbiome in modulating social behavior in Siberian hamsters, specifically by studying the effects of maternal microbiome disruption on offspring development and behavior. After graduating, I plan to pursue combined-degree training in a MD/PhD Program.

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PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS

Postdocs and Graduate Students

Dr. Kristyn Sylvia

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

Current Position
Manager of Grant Development and Outcomes Reporting, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions

Dr. Alison Bailey

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

Current Position
Aviculture Associate, Wildlife Conservation Society

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

Current Position
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Nikki Rendon

Dissertation
Neuroendocrine mechanisms of seasonal aggression in females

Current Position
Medical Writer, Avant Healthcare

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

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

Dr. Jacqueline Ho

Dissertation
Seasonal changes in endocannabonoid signaling and energy balance

Current Position
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington

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

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

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

Current Position
Associate Professor, Utah State University

Dr. Timothy Greives

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

Current Position
Associate Professor, North Dakota State University

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.

Dr. Melissa Scotti

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

Current Position
Quality Assurance Specialist, Columbia University Medical Center

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

Justuss Boice
Class of 2020

Eamonn Duffy
Class of 2020

Sarah Henderson
Class of 2020

Caroline McCord
Class of 2021

Grace Murphy
Class of 2020

Molly Pendergast
Class of 2021

A.J. Brougham
Class of 2020

Costa Dalis
Class of 2020

Ekelé Andrews
Class of 2020

Dannie Henton
Class of 2019

Leanne Jossund
Class of 2019

Cameron Logan
Class of 2019

John Reinhart
Class of 2019

Clarissa Ren
Class of 2019

Michael Vu
Class of 2019

Desirée Nieves Canabal
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (CISAB REU Program)
Class of 2019

Ayley Shortridge
Michigan State University (CISAB REU Program)
Class of 2020

Emma St. John
Class of 2018

Elizabeth Bauserman
Class of 2019

Leah Beck
Class of 2018

Rachel Stephens
Class of 2018

Jesus Bazan
Class of 2018

Daniel Boyes
Class of 2017

Patricia Baez Ramos
University of Puerto Rico (CISAB REU Program)
Class of 2017

Andrea Amez
Class of 2016

Kyle O’Malley
Class of 2016

Paola Guardado

Ellen Weigel
Class of 2015

Andrew Thompson

Lauren Wright

Harini Gurram
Class of 2014

Matthew Smith
Class of 2013

Sarah Orth
Class of 2013

Kim Long
Class of 2012

Jessica VanOsdol
Class of 2011

Sucharat Tayarachakul
Class of 2011

Samantha Adams
Class of 2011

Amy Sutton
Class of 2010

Rachel Buck
Class of 2010

Nick Garcia
Class of 2009

Tafor Banu
Class of 2009

Jerrah Jackson
Class of 2009

Emily Stepp
Class of 2008

Stefanie Frommeyer
Class of 2006

Kentaro Oki
Class of 2006

Misty Hawkins
Class of 2006

Prashant Patel
Class of 2005

Sangeeta Sakaria
Class of 2005

Tracy Estes
Class of 2004

Andy Lutz
Class of 2004

Al Durazzo
Class of 2004

Claire Gonzalez
Class of 2002

Kevin Proud
Class of 2002

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