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John Godwin

North Carolina State University
Department of Biology
Box 7617, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695


Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Microarrays, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Epifluoresence Microscopy
Research Description: My research interests are in the areas of molecular endocrinology, neurobiology and behavior with a primary focus on the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior and sexuality. I am particularly interested in applying neurobiological and genomic approaches to problems in behavioral biology and behavioral evolution. My primary models have been fishes with some work on lizards and mammals. My students and I are currently pursuing two main projects. The first examines the neuroendocrinology and functional genomics of sex- and role-change in a coral reef fish (the bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum). A second project examines the neural and functional genomic bases of anxiety-related behavior and stress responsiveness using domestic and wild-derived zebrafish (Danio rerio). Finally, my laboratory participates in work related to developing southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, as an aquaculture cultivar with a focus on sex determination and developing stocks consisting of only the faster growing females.
Lab Web Page: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/g/godwin/www/jrgindex.html
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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