behavioral assays


By Nishika Karbhari Here in the Neural and Behavioral Toxicity Assessment Core at the Duke SRC, we study the effects of environmentally relevant chemicals on behavior by utilizing an aquatic model organism, the small freshwater zebrafish. We are interested in life-long learning or motor changes that happen as a result […]

Neuroscience and a new alliance: Integrating toxicology and behavioral studies


By Dr. Ed Levin   The Neural and Behavioral Toxicity Assessment (NBTA) Core here at Duke is headquartered in my lab in an old garage in downtown Durham that has been renovated inside to be a state of the art animal neurobehavioral test facility. As the name implies, the NBTA […]

Mechanism meets behavior – NBTA style


By Savannah Volkoff Welcome to our “Friend request accepted” series! This is the 4th post in a series highlighting the different organisms used at the Superfund Research Center. What’s a model organism? Generally, it’s an organism (bacteria, mammal, worm, plant, fish, insect, etc.) that scientists have studied really well and […]

Friend request accepted, part 4




By Savannah Volkoff In an effort to familiarize our readers with the organisms studied by our labs, we’re starting a summer blog-esque series titled “Friend Request Accepted”. Just as Facebook provides us with an opportunity to expand networks, stay in contact with people we meet and get to know them […]

Friend request accepted, part 3


by Jina Kim, REU summer 2012   For a pre-med student and biology major, my choice to research at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment this summer may seem out of place. Why not research at a cancer genetics lab or neuroscience lab? Well, about a year and a half […]

A pre-med student’s summer working with worms and PAHs   Recently updated !