Physiological ecology of development, reproduction, longevity, and performance

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Congratulations Halie Taylor for successfully defended her MS thesis


     Huge congratulations to Chloe Josefson who was awarded an NSF-PRFB and Kyle Heine for his award from the American Microscopial Society.

     I am pleased to welcome Jeff Yap to our lab as a new post-doc. Jeff comes from Tony Williams' lab at Simon Fraser University. Jeff was awarded an NSF-EPSCoR pilot grant that will support some of his work. He will be working on ER stress in our deer mice.

     Many thanks to Kristjan Niitepold who has accepted a position in the science education department Inspirer, lab manager, the Finnish Science Centre Heureka.

     The Hood, Hill, and Kavazis labs presented at SICB in Tampa, FL,. Several of our presentations wereassociated with Geoff Hill and Justin Havird’s symposium on Beyond the Powerhouse: Integrating Mitonuclear Evolution, Physiology, and Theory in Comparative Biology.

     Congratulations Noel Park for successfully defending her MS thesis. Noel has joined a Ph.D. program in molecular biology at Princeton University.

     The College of Education published a nice article on our work on the physiology of lactation.

We were awarded a Tier II presidential award to fund our proposal to build a “A Mobile Mitochondria Laboratory (AU MitoMobile) to Lead the World in Measuring Bioenergetics in Natural Settings". The grant was a collaboration between AU Biology, Kinesiology, and Engineering.  We’re exciting that our mobile lab will open new research opportunities.

     Our symposium at SICB went well. Thanks to all of our presenters and Karine Salin for doing the lion's share of the work getting it together. Everyone in the lab did a great job with their presentations.  

     This month we welcome a new post-doc, Kristjan Niitepold.  Kristjan joins us from Finland and has a strong background in measures of whole animal metabolism and life history.  We're thrilled to have him on board.

   The Hood lab at Auburn University is looking to recruit two grad students (Ph.D. preferred) for fall 2018 to evaluate the role that mitochondria, oxidative stress, and the intracellular stress response play in variation in reproductive fitness and longevity of animals. Students will be expected to work on our wild-derived house mouse or deer mouse models. Please review our publications ( and the abstracts of our funded projects ( to learn more research in our lab.

   The research will be support by 1 of 2 NSF’s grants to Hood. Our lab works closely with an established expert on mitochondrial function, Dr. Andreas Kavazis in the Dept. of Kinesiology at Auburn, Dr. Geoff Hill in the Dept. of Biological Sciences who is interested in mitonuclear interactions, sexual selection, and speciation, and Dr. Hippokratis Kiaris in the School of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina who is an expert on the...

We have won an NSF ESPCoR award in collaboration with Dr. Hippokratis Kiaris at USC in for our project entitled 'Genome to fitness: An analysis of the stress response in Peromyscus'  This award will allow us to support two grad students and a post-doc over the next four years.  Our research will focus on understanding the impact of genetic variation in the unfolded protein response on the reproductive fitness and mitochondrial performance of deer mice. 

Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Physiology at Auburn University


The Hood lab at Auburn University is hiring 2 post-doctoral scholars to 1) evaluate the role of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function in life history tradeoffs and 2) evaluate the effects of genetic variation in the intracellular stress response on reproductive fitness and mitochondrial performance. Projects will be completed in wild-derived house mice and deer mice, respectively. Both projects are funded by the National Science Foundation. A strong background in ecology/evolutionary biology and physiology and excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills are required. Applicants with strong lab skills will be given preference. Preferred skills include isolating mitochondria and measuring mitochondrial respiration, running western blots, and performing elisa’s. Post-docs will be expected to assist with training graduate students in the lab, develop synergistic projects, write grants...

Alex Conte Santos successfully defended her MS thesis titled 'What do we really know about oxidative stress? Facing the problems with current oxidative stress studies in passerine birds' last month and will graduate this weekend.  Congrats Alex!


In addition, we welcome 3 new grad students, Halie Taylor, Tori Andreasen, and Kyle Heine.  In addition welcome Ashley Williams, who will be doing a rotation in the lab this fall and welcome MaKalea Kirkland, who is our new animal tech. 


And, congrats to Yufeng Zhang and Christine Kallenberg on the publication of their work: 'Change in the Lipid Transport Capacity of the Liver and Blood during Reproduction in Rats'. Find the ms under publications.

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