Headshot portrait of Kevin Tien - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Mentor: Russell Fernald, Biology

Photo of USRP student Kevin Tien in the laboratory, indicating several small silver fish in a large tank.The African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni has a robust repertoire of social behaviors, making it an ideal model for studying the hormonal regulation of social behavior. Kevin will be comparing the effects of increased testosterone, and the loss of receptors for testosterone, in the context of male aggression. These results will hopefully shed light on the hormonal regulation of social behavior and lead to novel hypotheses about gender-biased disorders such as autism.