Corinna Ross, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Biology, University of Nebraska Lincoln 2005
M.A. Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha 1999
B.S. Biology: Neuroscience and Behavior, Cornell University NY 1997
Marmosets are small New World primates that offer many advantages over current rodent and nonhuman primate models for translational biomedical research. As primates they share a closer evolutionary history with humans than do rodents. Marmosets have the shortest average lifespan and fastest reproduction of any anthropoid primate. Additionally, a long history of studies of marmoset hormonal development, reproduction, cooperative breeding behavior, and use as a biomedical model has resulted in a large base of average values for infant growth, body weight, and hematological measures.
The ability to examine molecular, hormonal, and inflammatory pathways in concert with whole organism phenotyping makes the marmoset models for studies of obesity, reproduction and aging unique. Ultimately I envision these two lines of research coalescing thru the examination of epigenetic, genotypic, and phenotypic variation to determine the influence of developmental programming. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the propensity for the development of obesity and age-related diseases will provide critical knowledge needed to prevent and treat these conditions.
Research Interests:Marmoset behavior
Courses Taught:Animal Physiology