Recent CBN Grants
Drs. Bing Zhang (PI), Randy Hewes, Ben Holt, David McCauley, and Mark Nanny were awarded a new Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Acquisition of a multi-photon laser scanning confocal microscope to establish a fluorescence imaging core facility" (2011-2014).
Dr. Bing Zhang and his postdoctoral associate Rudi Bohm were awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "A flippase recombination method to map relevant brain circuits underlying different fly behaviors in Drosophila" (2010-2013).
Dr. Robert Cichewicz was awarded a new RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Chemically diverse antimicrobials from silent natural product encoding pathways" (2010-2014).
Dr. Ari Berkowitz was awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Selection and generation of limb movements by a combination of multifunctional and specialized spinal interneurons" (2010-2012).
Dr. Bing Zhang was awarded a new RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, “Genetics and cell biology of synaptic development and function” (2009-2014).
Dr. Robert Cichewicz was awarded a new R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Translating natural products into therapeutic leads for Huntington's Disease" (2009-2011).
Dr. Rong Gan was awarded a new Health Research grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled,“Characterizing ear biomechanics in otitis media” (2009-2012).
Dr. Bing Zhang was awarded a new Health Research grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled, "Molecular and genetic analyses of ALS in fruit flies" (2009-2012).
Dr. David McCauley was awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "SoxE gene duplication and the evolution of chondrogenesis" (2009-2012).
Recent CBN Awards/Honors
Dr. Ari Berkowitz was elected a Councilor of the International Society for Neuroethology in 2012.
Elise Knowlton, a student in Dr. Douglas Gaffin’s lab, had her 2010 International Congress of Neuroethology poster chosen as one of the two best (among more than 400).
Dr. Bing Zhang won the 2010 Irene Rothbaum Award for the Outstanding Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Elise Knowlton, a student in Dr. Douglas Gaffin’s lab, won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2010-2011.
The Neuroethology course (taught by Dr. Ari Berkowitz) was selected as a Presidential Dream Course for Fall 2010, making available special funding to bring in world experts, each of whom met with the class and gave a general lecture to the public.
Sunetra Das, a student in Dr. David Durica's lab, won the best student poster presentation award for the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology during the 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle.
In 2010, Dr. Douglas Gaffin was named a David Ross Boyd Professor for outstanding teaching.
Dr. Rosemary Knapp was appointed to the editorial board of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B Biological Sciences in 2010.
Dr. Rong Gan was awarded a new U.S. patent, “Totally implantable hearing system,” in 2010.
Dr. Rosemary Knapp was selected as the Top Reviewer for the journal Hormones and Behavior throughout 2009.
Eric Lee, a Ph.D. student in Dr. David McCauley's lab, won an award for best poster in the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at the 2009 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference in Boston.
Selected Recent CBN Publications
Tauber, J. M., Vanlandingham, P. A., and Zhang, B. (2011) Elevated levels of the vesicular monoamine transporter and a novel repetitive behavior in the Drosophila model of fragile X syndrome. PLoS One 6: e27100. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027100.
Knapp, R., Marsh-Matthews, E., Vo, L., and Rosencrans, S. (2011) Stress hormone masculinizes female morphology and behaviour. Biol. Lett. 7: 150-152. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0514)
Shakiryanova, D., Zettel, G. M., Gu, T., Hewes, R. S., and Levitan, E. S. (2011) Synaptic neuropeptide release induced by octopamine without Ca2+ entry into the nerve terminal. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108: 4477-81.
Berkowitz, A. and Hao, Z.-Z. (2011) Partly shared spinal cord networks for locomotion and scratching. Integrative & Comparative Biology 51: 890-902.
Bohm, R. A., Welch, W. P., Goodnight, L. K., Cox, L. W., Henry, L. G., Gunter, T. C., Bao, H., and Zhang, B. (2010) A genetic mosaic approach for neural circuit mapping in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107: 16378-16383. [Highlighted on the OU web site]
Ray, T. S. (2010) Psychedelics and the human receptorome. PLoS ONE, February 2, 2010 (http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0009019).
Joyner, P. M., Matheke, R. M., Smith, L. M., and Cichewicz, R. H. (2010) Probing the metabolic aberrations underlying mutant huntingtin toxicity in yeast and assessing their degree of preservation in humans and mice. J. Proteome Res. 9: 404–412.
Zhang, B., Freeman, M. R., and Waddell, S., eds. (2010) Drosophila Neurobiology: A Laboratory Manual, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
Berkowitz, A., Roberts, A., and Soffe, S. R. (2010) Roles for multifunctional and specialized spinal interneurons during motor pattern generation in tadpoles, zebrafish larvae, and turtles. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 4: 36.
Gan, R. Z., Cheng, T., Dai, C., Yang, F., and Wood, M. W. (2009) 3D computational model for prediction of sound transmission in perforations of tympanic membrane. J. Acoustical Soc. America 126: 243-253.
Scobell, S. K., Fudickar, A. M., and Knapp, R. (2009). Potential reproductive rate of a sex-role reversed pipefish over several bouts of mating. Anim. Beh. 78: 747-753.
Neff, B. D. and Knapp, R. (2009) Paternity, parental behavior and circulating steroid hormone concentrations in nest-tending male bluegill. Horm. & Beh. 56: 239-245.
Schlupp, I. (2009) Behavior of fishes in the sexual/unisexual mating system of the Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa). Adv. Study Beh. 39: 153-183.