Undergraduate Students: Krista Johnson, Riley McCarthy, Ellen McDonald, Brian Wanner
Professional Research Assistants: Ryan Cox, B.S., Jill Miyamoto, B.S.
Collaborators: Matthew McQueen, John Hewitt, Michael Stallings, Susan Young, Robin Corley, Andrew Smolen, Allan Collins, Jerry Stitzel, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder; Christian Hopfer, Laura Bierut, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis.
Front row: Xavi Gallego, Riley McCarthy, Marissa Ehringer, Jill Miyamoto-Ditmon. Back row: Kristin Rasmus, Ryan Cox, Whitney Melroy, Tristan McClure-Begley. Not pictured: Sonya Belimezova.
Current Research Projects
Translational studies of human neuronal nicotinic receptor genes associated with alcohol and tobacco behaviors.
Identification of rare, novel SNPs.
Dense SNP mapping in large human samples.
In vitro functional characterization of human SNPs.
Behavioral testing of nAChR knock-out mice.
Studies of the effects of voluntary wheel running on alcohol consumption in mice using a genetics approach.
Opportunities for Undergraduates
Our lab is currently looking for an undergraduate to assist with ongoing mouse behavioral testing.
The requirements for undergraduate students who want a research experience in our laboratory are:
A major in Integrative Physiology.
Either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in IPHY 2800 Introduction to Statistics.
Enroll in Independent Study (IPHY 4860) for 8-10 hours/week for at least one semester.