Carruth Lab Personnel
||Dr. Laura Carruth
Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder 1998
Current Postdoctoral Research Fellows
||Dr. Pedro Jimenez
I am interested in the development of song in male zebra finches. In the future, I hope to study the role of Steroid Receptor Coactivator 1 (SRC-1) on the development zebra finch song nuclei.
Current Graduate Students
||Kelli A. Duncan, M.S.
My research focuses on identifying the role of L7/SPA (an estrogen receptor alpha coactivator) on development of the zebra finch song nuclei. We have shown that L7/SPA is differentially expressed in males versus females. We propose that coactivators like L7/SPA increase the estrogenic signal in the male zebra finch brain and are an important regulator of song nuclei development.
||Mahin Shabazi, M.S.
I am interested in studying the effects of early stress on the size of song control nuclei and song learning abilities in male zebra finches. Previous studies have shown that stress on juvenile male zebra finches (from either nutritional deprivation or corticosterone treatment) decreases the HVC size and song complexity in adulthood. The underlying mechanisms controlling stressed-induced reduction of the size of song control nuclei are unknown. Therefore, my research focuses on understanding the role of glucocorticoid receptors on HVC size and song learning in male zebra finches.
Cainan Byrd, Georgia State University Scholar
Carla Dams, HMI Biotechnology Scholar
Dr. Rebecca Herman, Ph.D.
Former Graduate Students
Heather Ryser, MS
Emeka Okeke, MS
Stephanie Wang, ION
Mignote Yilma, ION