Physiological ecology of development, reproduction, longevity, and performance


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The Hood lab welcomes long time Hood lab affiliate and PhD Student, Chloe Josefson, as official a member of the Hood lab.


Wendy Hood, Alex Conte, and Chloe Josefson all presented at the SICB meeting in Portland, OR.

  • Oral presentation: Hood, WR, AV Mowry, AN Kavazis. 2016. Tissue-specific variation in mitochondrial function and implications for the costs of reproduction. 2016.

  • Poster presentation: Josefson, CC, AB Bentz, WR Hood, H Wada. 2016. Epigenetic and neuroanatomical changes associate with early-life exposure to exogenous corticosterone in Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) nestlings.

  • Poster presentation: Conte, AN, EM Welling, AN Kavazis, WR Hood.  2016. A test of the relationship between oxidative damage and energy expenditure in a passerine bird. 

The Hood lab is looking to recruit 2 PhD students to study mitochondrial function in relation to the tradeoff between reproduction and longevity in the wild house mouse. Specifically, we are interested in tissue-specific variation in respiratory function and oxidative stress of mitochondria throughout the life of an animal.  Students will contribute to the funded project and develop their own research questions. Students will receive RA support. During at least 1 semester per year, the student will be encouraged to teach laboratories to gain experience that will be critical to future endeavors.

The project is supported by a 5-year NSF CAREER award to Hood. Work on mitochondrial function is relatively new to the Hood lab but we work closely with an established expert on mitochondrial function, Dr. Andreas Kavazis in the Dept. of Kinesiology at Auburn and another lab with an emerging interest in mitonuclear interaction and sexual selection, Dr. Geoff Hill, Dept. of Biological Sc...

On July 6th, Chih-Wei defended his masters thesis! Way to go Chih-Wei!  Chih-Wei will be entering a PhD program in molecular biology at Univ of Illinois at Chicago this fall.  


This month, we also welcome a new post-doc to the lab. Dr Yufeng Zhang will be joining us from Univ of South Dakota.

Congratulations to Annelise Mowry who successfully defended her masters thesis June 4th!

Congrats to Matthew Warren who was awarded an American Society for Mammalogist grant-in-aid of research for his work on the milk microbiome.

Congrats to former Hood lab undergrads Zac Hassler who will be attending Auburn Vet School and Patrick Campbell who will be going to the Military Med School in the fall.

And importantly, congratulations on all of the Hood lab undergrads who are graduating semester!  Thanks for all of you help over the last few years!

2015 has been a great year so far in the Hood lab.


Hood and Kavazis received an NIH R03 Award to evaluate the role that mitochondria play in the improved health displayed by mothers who nurse their babies relative to mothers who feed their babies formula.  This study will use rats as our model.


Hood received an NSF CAREER award to 1) evaluate the role that mitochondria plays in the negative interaction between reproduction and longevity and to 2) develop laboratory modules for Alabama 7th and 9th graders that will introduce them to mitochondria and the role that mitochondria play in an individual's performance. This study will focus on our house mice maintained in laboratory conditions and in our semi-natural populations.


Warren received the best oral presentation award at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences conference in Houston.


The Hood lab, including Adam Lucy and the mouse house, were featured in the Auburn Family b...

Our study on climbing and bone metabolism during lactation has been published in PLoS One.  This work was completed entirely with undergraduate help. Undergrad assistant and med school bound Michael Hobensack is second author on this paper - Congrats on your first paper Michael!


Emily Welling was awarded a CMB summer research fellowship to study mitochondria function in migratory vs non-migratory song birds in our lab.  

More Kudos to round out the year!  


  • Congrats to undegraduate research students Nikki Wyatt and Dylan Hooks who got into med school!

  • Congrats to our December graduates: Zach Donoviel, Dylan Hooks, Alan Webster, and Max Keeling. 

  • And congrats to Matthew Warren who was awarded a Sigma Xi grant-in-aid of research.


Most of the lab is headed to SICB in West Palm Beach Florida just after the new year - hope to see you there.  


Happy 2015 from the Hood!

Hood lab graduate Amy Skibiel's post-doc work was featured in the NY Times! Amy is second author on the study.

Congratulations to our growing list of undergrads who have been accepted to professional school for fall 2015!


Medical School: Adam Lucy, John Dasher, Michael Hobensack, Lexie Powers

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