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.
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.
Wendy and Geoff Hill attended and presented at the American Ornithologist Union in Estes Park, CO. Wendy presented our work on vit. D and development in Bluebirds and she came in 1st in the masters division of the All-Out-Ostrich Uproar (5K run at 8000 ft.)! (Reality check - there may not have been much competition in the old farts category). Congrats to Geoff who was awarded a lifetime achievement award - the Brewster award!