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Thierry was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Soma Lab (2005-2008) and collaborated with Prof. Geoff Hammond to investigate steroid-binding globulins and brain steroid levels. He received major Postdoctoral Fellowships from CIHR and IBRO.

Thierry is currently a Professor at the University of Rennes in France.

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Sarah was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Soma Lab (2008-2012) and studied the rapid effects of estradiol on social behaviour and intracellular signaling pathways in the brain. She received major Postdoctoral Fellowships from CIHR and MSFHR.

Sarah is currently an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, USA.

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Bobby was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Soma Lab (2011-2013) and studied how food availability impacts social behaviour, neuropeptides, and neurosteroids. He received a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship from NSERC. He also collaborated with Prof. Emma Guns (Vancouver Prostate Centre) to study how food quality (macronutrient composition) affects androgen synthesis within prostate tumors in mice, particularly the beneficial effects of a low-carbohydrate high-protein diet.

Bobby is currently an Associate Professor at Rollins College in Florida, USA.

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Arya was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Soma Lab (2017-2018). Arya examined local synthesis of estradiol and insulin within the brain and whether the interaction between these two neural signals is important in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Arya also worked with Prof. Angela Devlin and examined how second-generation antipsychotics lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes and was supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Arya is currently a Medical Science Liaison at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Daniel was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Soma Lab (2015-2018). He received a BS in Psychology from DePaul University (2006) and a PhD in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin (2014). His PhD research with Prof. Juan Dominguez demonstrated that estrogens act in the hypothalamus to modulate the effects of cocaine on the mesocorticolimbic system and cocaine-seeking behavior. At UBC, Daniel was co-supervised by Stan Floresco and examined how local androgen synthesis in the mesocorticolimbic system influences motivated behaviors and decision making. In another line of research, he explored how sucrose (table sugar) in the maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation influences offspring behavior and neuroendocrinology. Daniel received a Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Neuroscience Scholars Program and FLARE Program. Daniel then worked as a postdoc with Prof. Matt Fuxjuger at Brown University.

Daniel is currently an Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

 

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Amy was a PhD student in the Soma Lab (2004-2009) and focused on the interactions between glucocorticoids and DHEA. She received Graduate Fellowships from NSERC and MSFHR. She also collaborated with Prof. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton (Univeristy of Western Ontario) to study how corticosterone and DHEA regulate adult neurogenesis. She was then an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph.

Amy is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

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Matt received his BSc in Biology from McMaster University, where he worked in the lab of Prof. Sigal Balshine. He then came to UBC to work with Prof. Soma and completed his PhD in 2015. With the support CIHR graduate student scholarships, he focused on local production of glucocorticoids in the immune system of birds and mice, and how this production can vary across species and over development. Matt then worked as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at NIH and explored glucocorticoid functions in lymphocytes, which are cells that are critical for adaptive immunity.

Matt is currently a Research Associate at Cornell University.

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Nora was a PhD student in the Soma Lab from 2009-2014. Her PhD research investigated the neuroendocrine regulation of long-term pair maintenance in the zebra finch. With the support of a U.S. NSF GRFP, Nora used a combination of field and laboratory studies to describe how brain and circulating sex steroid levels change with environmental conditions. Additionally, she identified the effects of sex steroids on pair maintenance behaviors. Afterwards, Nora was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland with Profs. Robert J. Dooling and Gregory F. Ball, where she gained expertise in neuroscience and auditory physiology.

Nora is currently a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University.

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Eunice was a MSc student in the Soma Lab (2004-2006) and studied neurosteroids during early development. She received a NSERC CGS-M Fellowship. She then completed a PhD at Trent University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University.

Eunice is currently an Instructor at Capilano University in Vancouver.

Kim was a MSc student in the Soma Lab (2007-2009) and examined corticosterone and cortisol levels in lymphoid organs during development. She received a NSERC CGS-M Fellowship. She then completed a PhD in Biology at the University of Western Ontario and a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University.

Kim is currently a Research Manager at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.