Welcome note from David Sinkiewicz
It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to be the director of the Mechanisms of Behavior Lab here at Indiana University. Having spent the last 10 years developing my molecular biology and behavior skillsets I am eager to embrace this new challenge and opportunity to work with the great scientists associated with the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior.
During my training, as both a laboratory technician and as a graduate student at Georgia State University, I have had the opportunity to learn many techniques that have prepared me to work with the diverse set of research programs here at CISAB. My graduate studies have focused primarily on gene expression in brains of green treefrogs. This work was primarily focused on the development of a de novo brain transcriptome in this organism that is not traditionally used for genetic study. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with a fellow GSU lab in the production of the first de novo Syrian hamster brain transcriptome. While I have focused on these genetic techniques, I have also spent time extracting and analyzing steroid hormone levels in fish, birds, lizards, and frogs.
I am truly excited to be a part of such an impressive research center and to assist everyone in any way I can!