Physiological ecology of development, reproduction, longevity, and performance

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The Hood Lab in Biological Sciences is looking to hire a full-time animal technician. The technician will oversee the care of wild-derived house mice, and deer mice maintained in standard boxes and semi-natural enclosures. The technician will be expected to oversee the daily care of the animals - managing a team of undergraduate assistants, maintaining breeding records, and helping with facility maintenance and minor modifications to the facility, as needed. Competitive applicants will be energetic, have strong organizational skills, excellent leadership potential, and a flexible schedule (hours will vary and include weekends during busy periods). This is an excellent position for a recent graduate who is looking to use this work as a stepping-stone to graduate school in organismal biology or veterinary school. The position will initially be temporary. The position will end and re-open as a full-time position with benefits in the fall. Applica...

Dr. Karine Salin and I (Wendy Hood) are organizing a symposium for Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting Jan 3-7, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.  The symposium is titled:  ‘Inside the black box: the mitochondrial basis of life-history variation and animal performance.'  


The webpage for the symposium can be found at

We have a great line up of speakers; I hope you can join us.

We had a great showing at SICB in New Orleans this year.


We had 2 undergrads presenting posters:  Adam Brasher presented  'Does relative activity prior to breeding improve mitochondrial function and oxidative damage following a reproductive event?' and Christine Kallenberg presented 'Reproductive effects on lipid transport capacity in liver and blood in rats'. 


Grad student Chloe Josefson also presented a poster 'Using phenotypic variation in the lab mouse to deduce physiological variables that correlate with life history variation'.  


And post-doc Dr. Yufeng Zhang and I (Wendy Hood) gave oral presentations.  Zhang: 'The mitohormetic response and an evaluation of a method for inducing oxidative damage' and Hood ' The mitohormetic response and an evaluation of a method for inducing oxidative damage.'


Adam was even interviewed by Science while standing at his poster

     The Hood lab at Auburn University is looking to recruit 2 grad students (Ph.D. preferred) for fall 2017 to evaluate the role that mitochondria play in variation in reproductive fitness and longevity of animals. Students may work on our wild-derived house mouse model or alternate species.

     The project is supported by a 5-year NSF CAREER award to Hood. Our lab works closely with an established expert on mitochondrial function, Dr. Andreas Kavazis in the Dept. of Kinesiology at Auburn and a lab with an emerging interest in mitonuclear interaction and sexual selection, Dr. Geoff Hill, Dept. of Biological Sciences. Please review the papers listed below and the abstracts of our funded projects ( to learn more about future directions of our lab.

     Interested applicants should send an email to Dr. Wendy Hood at In the email, please include a description of prior research experienc...

A new academic year is about to start at Auburn and we have exciting news to start the semester.  

Our first two mitochondria papers have been accepted for publication and will be available soon, including an empirical and a review paper:

  • Mowry, Kavazis, Sirman, Potts, Hood. Reproduction does not adversely affect liver mitochondrial respiratory function but results in lipid peroxidation and increased antioxidants in house mice.  PLoS One -- 8/18/16 NOW AVAILABLE

  • Zhang and Hood.  Current versus future reproduction and longevity: a re-evaluation of predictions and mechanisms.  Journal of Experimental Biology

In other news, we welcome Noel Park who has just joined the lab as a PhD student.  Noel completed her BS in Math and Biology at Brown University. 

And after more than a year of organizing as acting president, Wendy helped run the Comparative Nutrition Society meeting in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Aug 8-12.  The meeting was a success!  Wendy presented her work on l...

Congratulations and good luck to Matthew Warren who completed his master thesis, Effects of dietary protein intake on fecal and milk microbiota’.  Matthew will be moving to Raleigh, NC next month to complete his PhD in the Ferket lab where he will be doing a project on nutrition and immune function in poultry. 

Wendy presented at the Evolution meeting in Austin, TX.

  • A re-evaluation of the predictions and mechanisms that underlie the interactions between current reproduction, future reproduction, and survival Wendy Hood; Yufeng Zhang


We have a new publication:

  • Bentz, AB, A Sirman, H Wada, KJ Navara, WR Hood. 2016. Relationship between maternal environment and DNA methylation patterns of estrogen receptor alpha in wild Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) nestlings: a pilot study. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2162

Congratulations to all of the Hood lab undergrads that are graduating this semester!

In addition, congrats to Mary Kash and Kayla Frey who were awarded a CMB Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship and Auburn University Undergraduate Research fellowship, respectively.

Wendy was awarded the Auburn Graduate School outstanding mentor award. This is a huge honor.  Many thanks to the students who nominated me.

Wendy was awarded tenure!  A huge thank you to all of the students who have worked hard to help the Hood lab be productive.

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