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Looking for postdocs to join the lab!

The Bell lab is looking for postdocs to work on genomic, molecular and/or neural mechanisms of paternal care in threespine sticklebacks. Candidates with experience in single cell transcriptomics, brain injections, functional manipulations, and/or viral-mediated delivery of transgenic constructs are especially encouraged to apply. A strong background in neurobiology, molecular biology, genomics, behavioral ecology and/or evolution …

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The lab receives a MIRA award!

The lab’s application for a MIRA award from NIH NIGMS was funded! The MIRA award gives us flexibility to pursue many questions about the evolution of molecular, genetic and neuroendocrine bases of paternal care in sticklebacks.

Cassie Afseth graduates with Highest Distinction in Integrative Biology

Congratulations to Cassie for her fascinating undergraduate distinction project (supervised by Jenn Hellmann) which investigated whether socially-acquired cues can be transmitted across generations. The answer is YES! Stay tuned for the manuscript. For her efforts, Cassie is graduating with Highest Distinction in Integrative Biology. We look forward to continuing to work with Cassie until she …

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Bell lab crew summer 2020 makes it work

Under challenging circumstances, a committed team of safety-conscious and Covid-aware workers carried out several behavior projects this summer, primarily focused on studying divergence in parental care behavior between whites and commons. The summer 2020 experimental season was remarkably successful, thanks to Colby Behrens (bottom right) who led the team, assisted by capable Katie Julkowski (lab …

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Personality traits change after an opportunity to mate

Chloé Monestier’s paper on personality trait development in female sticklebacks was just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. Early life experience is often thought to be the most important time for personality trait development. But in this paper, Chloé shows that personality traits can continue to change throughout the life …

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Congratulations, Dr. James!

Congratulations to Noelle James for successfully defending her PhD thesis in Neuroscience! Noelle’s thesis is titled, “A multi pronged approach to understanding how genes contribute to social behavior in threespine sticklebacks”.