People

Principal Investigator:


Wendy Saltzman

Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

B.A. in Animal Physiology, UC San Diego, 1985

Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, UC Davis, 1991

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991-1996

Publications: See Complete List of Publications

Email: saltzman[at]ucr.edu

Phone: (951) 827-6356

Graduate Students:


Nathan Horrell

Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience

B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, Centre College, 2013

I am interested in the proximate causes of parental care in mammals. My work focuses on the the properties of neurons in a hypothalamic subnucleus called the medial preoptic area. I investigate the properties of these cells and if they change during the transition into fatherhood in the biparental California mouse.

Email: nhorr001[at]ucr.edu


Melina Acosta

Ph.D. Student in Neuroscience

B.S. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience, College of Charleston, 2015

I am interested in the role of catecholamines in modulating the expression of parental behavior.

Email: macos010[at]ucr.edu


April Arquilla

Ph.D. Student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

B.S. in Biology, The College of Wooster, 2017

My primary research interests involve looking at the effects of prenatal stress on several behaviors in the California mouse when the afflicted mice reach adulthood. Some of the behaviors I'm interested in are parental care, sexual motivation, and sexual preference between stressed and non-stressed male mice. In the future, I'd like to also look at various physiological and behavioral factors affected by prenatal stress, such as vocalizations, hormone levels, and sperm function in males.

Email: aarqu001[at]ucr.edu


Catherine Nguyen

Ph.D. Student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

B.S. in Animal Biology, UC Davis, 2017

My research focuses on the effects of aging and senescence on parental care and endocrine function in the California mouse.

Email: tnguy240[at]ucr.edu

Undergraduate Students:

Ethan Chan

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2019, UCR

May Chan

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2021, UCR

Phuong-Anh Do

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2020, UCR

Duc Huynh

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2019, UCR

Nghia Huynh

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2021, UCR

Aishwarya Jayabharathi

Expected B.S. in Neuroscience, 2019, UCR

Amanda Le

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2019, UCR

Oanh Nguyen

Expected B.S. in Biochemistry, 2020, UCR

Michelle Phung

Expected B.S. in Biology, 2021, UCR

Emma Zschunke

Expected B.S. in Neuroscience, 2019, UCR

Lab Pets:


Este and Teste

Rosy Boas

Expected B.S. (Baby Snakes), ???, UCR

Alumni:

Graduate Students

Dr. Miyetani Chauke

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, 2011, UCR

Dr. Breanna Harris

Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2012, UCR

Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University

Dr. Juan Pablo Perea-Rodriguez

Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2016, UCR

Current position: Research Affiliate, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University

Dr. Jacob Andrew

Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2018, UCR

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Moores Cancer Research Center, UC San Diego

Dr. Meng (Gemma) Zhao

Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2018, UCR

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Pathology, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Trynke de Jong

Ph.D. in Psychopharmacology, 2005, University of Utrecht

Postdoctoral researcher in Saltzman lab, UCR, 2008-2011

Current position: Project Manager, Lifelines, Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr. Kristine Kaiser

Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010, UCLA

Postdoctoral researcher in Saltzman lab, UCR, 2010-2013

Current positions:

CEO/CSO, Noise Engineering

Research Associate, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Adjunct Faculty Member, Dept. of Biology, Calif. State University at Northridge