Name: Casey Lardner
Title of Project: Exploring GnRH receptor expression in a population of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) with variable fertility
Advisor: Paul Heideman
Honors Department: Biology
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a master regulator of reproduction in mammals. I will quantify the expression of the gene for the receptor for GnRH in the pituitary gland to determine if variation in the receptor’s expression is a level of control in regulating reproduction.
The Honors Fellowship is supporting a summer research experience during which I will learn molecular biology techniques that will be necessary to complete my honors thesis in the fall.
Hometown: Burke, VA
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience and ultimately a career in research. I am interested in both the neurobiology of mental illness and how gene expression in the brain affects its development.
Hobbies: I volunteer at the Heritage Humane Society and I’m an avid runner. I drink enough coffee for that to be considered a hobby too.
Fun Fact: I used to be on the cross country and track teams.
Follow Casey’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!