The Carruth Lab

Carruth Lab Personnel

Dr. Laura Carruth
Assistant Professor
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.
Ph.D. Student
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.
Ph.D. Student
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.


Laboratory Technician 
David Sinkiewicz

Current Undergraduates
Cainan Byrd, Georgia State University Scholar
Colt Cannon
Carla Dams, HMI Biotechnology Scholar

Lab Alumni
Former Post-Docs
Dr. Rebecca Herman, Ph.D.

Former Graduate Students
Heather Ryser, MS
Emeka Okeke, MS

Former Undergraduates
Alexis Fluornoy
Aubrey Lovett
Cindy Oden
Stephanie Wang, ION
Mignote Yilma, ION