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Autism Seminar: Anna Kukekova (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

"What can tame and aggressive foxes tell us about genetics of interactive social behavior?” 


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When: Monday, October 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: McDonnell Sciences 928 (Medical Campus)

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Dr. Anna Kukekova is Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where her laboratory continues research on specific strains of the silver foxes developed at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The goal of these studies is to better understand the biological mechanisms involved in the regulation of mammalian social behavior and to pinpoint the mechanisms which may be disturbed in human behavioral disorders.   To understand the molecular mechanisms that lead to dramatic differences in aggression, anxiety, and affiliative behavior in these fox strains, her lab uses a combination of approaches including genetic mapping and genomic and transcriptomic analyses.

The series brings in WashU faculty and other experts across disciplines whose research has particular implications for interventions in Autism. Each lecture lasts about 45 minutes, with the remaining time allotted to interactions and discussion with attendees. Appetizers and drinks are provided. 

Speaker information and reading materials for preparation of each series will be sent out in the weeks leading up to each session.

All meetings will again be held in McDonnell Sciences Building, Room 928 on the third Monday of the month.

For inquiries, contact Daniel Gray.

For additional information as well as the full schedule, click here.

Series hosted by: Drs. Azad Bonni and John Constantino 



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