(Director, Robin Bernstein). Our laboratory measures hormone concentrations in biological samples in order to better understand how physiology shapes growth and development, in humans and nonhuman primates. Our current research focus involves understanding the ways in which maternal effects and environmental variation influence offspring development pre- and post-natally. We are particularly interested in breast milk as a means of shaping infant developmental trajectories.
Major equipment: Dynex MRX Revelation microplate reader; BSL-2 biosafety cabinet; ultracold storage; lypholizer
Sample publication: Bernstein RM, Setchell JM, Verrier D, Knapp LA. 2012. Maternal effects and the endocrine regulation of mandrill growth. American Journal of Primatology 74: 890-900.