Justin Rhodes to give September Frontiers in MBM Lecture

Justin Rhodes - professor of psychology, Beckman InstituteThe MBM Program begins its Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery lecture series for the Fall 2019 season with Justin Rhodes, Professor of Psychology. He will speak September 4 at 4pm in 2269 Beckman Institute on “Completely implantable, injectable, wireless microLEDs for optogenetic manipulations of exercise-brain interactions.”


Justin S. Rhodes received his undergraduate BS degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1995, a MS in Fisheries from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998, and a MS in Statistics and PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. He then took a position as a postdoctoral fellow under Dr. John C. Crabbe at Oregon & Health & Science University.  Dr. Rhodes is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program, Program for Ecology and Evolution and Conservation Biology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the Molecular and Cellular Foundations of Intelligent Systems group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His fields of research include behavior genetics, neuroscience of motivation and addiction, effects of exercise and diet on brain function using mice as a model organism.  He also maintains a research program on the neuroendocrine regulation of fathering behavior and socially induced sex change from male to female in anemonefish.

Rhodes’ research into the brains of transsexual anemonefish was recently featured in this Illinois News Bureau article.