|Primary areas of research are: (1) elucidation of the mechanisms of regulation within the hypothalamus/pituitary/gonad axis in snakes and (2) growth regulation and reproduction in fish.|
|Fish growth and reproductive endocrinology.|
Enhancement of growth rates in aquaculture species via probiotic treatments (in collaboration with Dr. Blair and Dr. Meade).
|I solation, cloning and characterization of gonadotropins and their receptors in the copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix.|
|Successfully cloned and sequenced a portion of the FSH receptor.
Current projects focusing on complete gene sequencing for FSHR, along with identification of the FSHß and LHß genes.
|Tick-Borne Disease Detection and Ecology|
|Assessment of the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi and Rickettsia spp. in ticks from northeastern Alabama (in collaboration with Dr. Blair and Dr. Carter).|