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June 29th 2021: Our NIGMS R35 is going to be funded!

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will fund our R35 Early Stage investigator Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award! The grant, worth $1,900,000 (including indirect costs) over five years, will support our work investigating the hormonal, genetic, and neural basis of social behavior in A. burtoni.

June 3rd 2021: Dr. Alward has received a Beckman Young Investigator Award!

Dr. Alward has received a Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Arnold Beckman Foundation. The award is $600,000 over four years and will support work in the lab aiming to establish A. burtoni as a premier model of social disorders. More on the award here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/uoh-eac060321.php

April 15th 2021: Alward SNL Undergrad researchers Megan Lean and Mark Mathews have been awarded the SURF!

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the UH Office of Undergraduate Research provides Megan and Mark each with $4,000 of support for summer research in the lab. Megan will map androgen receptors in the brain and their relationship to GnRH-1 neurons, while Mark will investigate how social isolation impacts future social interactions. Congrats, Megan and Mark! Looking forward to a fun and productive summer!

Our paper recently accepted in PNAS is getting press!

Using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing we showed two androgen receptors regulate distinct aspects of social status in A. burtoni. We’re especially excited because it is getting press! On to the links:

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New preprint on androgen receptors and social status!

We submitted to biorxiv a preprint showing that different androgen receptors control distinct aspects of social status. The findings have set the stage for ongoing and future work in the lab. Here’s the link: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.03.024190v1

New lab tech Andrew Hoadley starts Fall 2019!

Andrew Hoadley will be joining the lab November 1st 2019. His background in molecular biology, neuroscience, and behavior makes him a perfect fit! He is also quite the artist, as he made the lab logo (see below). Welcome, Andrew!

The lab is going to the Society for Neuroscience conference from Oct. 19-23, 2019 in Chicago, IL!

The lab will be attending the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) conference from October 19-23, 2019 in Chicago, IL. At SFN we will present work (done at Stanford with Russell Fernald) showing through CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing the highly modular manner by which androgen receptors govern social status in A. burtoni. The poster (499.23/T7) will be presented by Christopher Skalnik on Tuesday October 22nd from 8:00 am-12:00 pm.

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