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Jen Grindstaff

Stress, Early life adversity, Behavior

Degree: Biology
Broad Expertise/Interests:
  • Maternal and early life effects
  • Stress
  • Immunology
  • Animal behavior
Equipment/Techniques:
  • ELISA for antibody quantification
  • EIA for hormone quantification
  • Behavioral assays
  • Immune assays for non-model organisms
  • Statistical analysis (e.g., mixed modeling)
Seeking Collaborators with Skill Sets:
  • Gene expression
  • Epigenetic analyses
Neuroscience Research Interests: I am interested in how the maternal and early life environments impact later life behavior and physiology, using animal model systems.
Funding in the Last Three Years:
  • NSF IOS
  • NSF S-STEM
Publication Highlights:

Pre and post-natal antigen exposure can program the stress axis of adult zebra finches: evidence for environment matching. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25535860)

Developmental immune activation programs adult behavior: insight from research on birds. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26858969)

Condition-dependence, developmental plasticity, and cognition: implications for ecology and evolution. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23518414)

Website: https://grindstafflab.wordpress.com/