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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 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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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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LAB MANAGER

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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

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Kate Adaniya
Class of 2022

I am a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease. This will be my first year researching in the Demas Lab, and I am excited to learn 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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Justuss Boice
Class of 2020

I am a senior 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.

 

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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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Eamonn Duffy
Class of 2020

I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biology. This year, I will be investigating the relationship between the gut microbiome and maternal behavior in Siberian hamsters as part of my senior thesis project. I also work in the Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Lab and will be assisting with a project investigating category learning. After graduating, I plan on attending graduate school and continuing to study the gut-brain axis.

 

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Luke Gohmann
Class of 2023

I am a freshman majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Biology of Disease. This is my first year in the Demas Lab, and I’m excited to begin 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.

 

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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.

 

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Dannie Henton
Class of 2019

I am a senior majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Biology of Disease, and minoring in Spanish. This is my first semester in the Demas lab, and I am looking forward to assisting with animal care and graduate student projects, getting hands-on experience in a research lab, and developing a better understanding of the research process in general. After graduating, I plan to attend medical school in the hope of becoming a surgeon or emergency medicine physician.

 

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Nathaniel Martine
Class of 2023

I am a freshman pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. This will be my first year doing research in the Demas Lab, and I am excited to get 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.

 

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Caroline McCord
Class of 2021

I am a junior majoring in Molecular Life Sciences, with a concentration in Developmental and Cellular Biology, and minoring in Music and Spanish. In the lab, I assist with animal care and graduate student projects. Most recently, I assisted Kat with her study on the effects of melatonin signaling on seasonal aggression in male Siberian hamsters. I am very excited to continue gaining experience in the Demas lab. After graduation, I plan to attend pharmacy school to become a clinical pharmacist.

 

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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.

 

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Andi Nowakowski
Class of 2021

I am a junior 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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Molly Pendergast
Class of 2021

I am a junior majoring in Animal Behavior and minoring in Underwater Sciences, a certificate offered through the Liberal Arts and Management Program. I started in the Demas lab during the spring semester of my sophomore year. As a member of the lab, I have assisted with animal care and graduate student research projects to further study animal behavior. After graduating from Indiana University, I plan to attend graduate school and study marine science in the hope of contributing to marine conservation efforts.

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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 Nebraska-Lincoln

 

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

Brougham_AJ

A.J. Brougham
Class of 2020

 

 

 

 

Dalis_Costa

Costa Dalis
Class of 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Andrews_Ekele

Ekelé Andrews
Class of 2020

 

 

 

 

 

mroz_leanne

Leanne Jossund
Class of 2019

 

 

 

Logan_Cameron

Cameron Logan
Class of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Reinhart_John

John Reinhart
Class of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Ren_Clarissa

Clarissa Ren
Class of 2019

 

 

 

Vu_Michael

Michael Vu
Class of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Shortridge_Ayley

Ayley Shortridge
Michigan State University (CISAB REU Program)
Class of 2021

 

 

 

 

 

st.john_emma

Emma 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 (CISAB REU Program)
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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