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Prospective Students

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in comparative endocrinology and reproductive physiology and behavior are encouraged to apply. Our principal model organism for investigating the modulation of female reproductive development and aging is the Siberian hamster. However, students are encouraged to consider other systems that might better address their area(s) of interest. Trainees in my lab learn and use a variety of techniques (e.g. qRT-PCR, microarray, measures of immune function, immunohistochemistry, behavioral studies, mating tests) to research questions at multiple levels of investigation.

A cautionary note about spotted hyenas - prospective students should know that this species does NOT lend itself to dissertation research projects. The hyenas are housed at the University of California, Berkeley and research opportunities are limited and slow to develop.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work in my lab should contact me directly after they have read the statement of my current research interests and some of the papers that are listed on my publication page. If you decide our interests are well matched, please send a letter and c.v. via email (njp27@cornell.edu), and describe why you think my lab would be a good fit for you. I usually reply promptly, but send a follow-up email in a couple of weeks if you’ve not heard back from me.

I am a faculty member of four Graduate Fields, three of which are administratively housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University; the fourth is the Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior (http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/gradstudiesoverview.shtml). Prospective students should apply to the Graduate Field that suits their interests best.

Zoology and Wildlife Conservation, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular and Integrative Physiology are among several graduate fields that make up the Graduate Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. Prospective students for any of these fields apply to the in Biological and Biomedical Sciences program (/BBS/), and specify their field of choice. Details regarding the admissions and degree requirements for each field can be found at the associated links. As part of the Graduate Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, students in these fields are expected to complete three lab/research rotations during their first year of study. Based on that experience, students then inquire about joining the lab that suits them best.