Noelle James

1st Place Graduate Oral Presentation in Biological Sciences at the 2018 ERN Conference

Gene Expression, Social Challenge and Neurogenesis in Stickleback Fish

I research the molecular basis of aggression in stickleback fish. Aggression is an interesting behavior – it’s universal yet individuals display consistent differences, is easily recognizable, and plays critical roles in both social interaction and survival. I’m exploring the genetics that influence behavior and the epigenetics that modify and fluctuate with behavior. While I’ve always gravitated toward genetics, I’m excited by all aspects of biology. I greatly enjoy sharing my work with a broader audience, especially via images that pique the imagination.

Research Area

Major Grants

SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program Professional Development Award; SocioGenomics RCN Lab Exchange Award 2015; American Genetic Association Travel Award 2015; Anderson Neuroscience Program Fellowship

Representative Publications

Bukhari, S. A., Saul, M. C., Seward, C. H., Zhang, H., Bensky, M., James, N. P., Zhao, S. D., Chandrasekaran, S., Stubbs, L., & Bell, A. M. (2017). Temporal dynamics of neurogenomic plasticity in response to social interactions in male threespine sticklebacks. PLoS Genetics, 13(7):e10006840.

James, N. P., Lu, X., & Bell, A. M. (2015). A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) protocol for stickleback tissue. Evolutionary Ecology Research.

Forsthoefel, D. J., James, N. P., Escobar, D. J., Stary, J. M., Vieira, A. P., Waters, F. a, & Newmark, P. a. (2012). An RNAi screen reveals intestinal regulators of branching morphogenesis, differentiation, and stem cell proliferation in planarians. Developmental Cell, 23(4), 691–704. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2012.09.008