Lab News

The end of the semester Lab dinner!

April 27, 2023

Congratulations to Nicole Bute, Elysia Goodson, Abby Smith, Xiaotang Chen, and Amber Zilinger for presenting posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Nicole presented  “Effects of Selection of Fox’s Early Life Development and Social Behavior”

Elysia presented “The Daily Activity of Mother Foxes”

Abby presented “Effects of Genetics and Socialization on Fox Behavior”

And, Xiaotang presented “Differences and Similarities in Nursing Behavior Between Tame and Aggressive Foxes”

April 25, 2023

Congratulations to Amber Zilinger on being featured on the ACES blog. Amber is a first generation college student and will be graduating this year.

November 4, 2022

Congratulations to  Nastya Sushkova on presenting at the MCB Undergraduate Research Symposium and earning School of MCB Research Presentation Honorable Mention! Nastya showcased her computational work in her poster, Bioinformatic Discovery of Haplotypes in Genomic Regions Differentiating Populations of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes).

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to Abby Rich and Nastya Sushkova on presenting at the Undergrad Research Symposium, 2022.  Abby presented her work on the gene MEG3, in a poster titled Investigating the Effects of MEG3 on Tame and Aggressive Behavior in Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes), and Nastya showcased her computational work in her poster, Bioinformatic Discovery of Haplotypes in Genomic Regions Differentiating Populations of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes).

February 2, 2021

Jennifer Johnson was interviewed for an article in Nature, Five reasons why researchers should learn to love the command line. Go and read about a few simple things you can do with the command line to make your computer life easier!

September 27, 2019

Halie Rando successfully completed PhD Program in Informatics and defended PhD thesis on May 9th, 2019. Halie is joining the lab as a PostDoc. We are very excited about this news!

April 18, 2019

We have several great news today! Congratulations to Alexandra Ford on successful completion of the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation and defending her Master thesis! Congrats to James J. Fradin who made excellent poster presentation at the UIUC Undergraduate Research Symposium!

March 3, 2019

The Kukekova lab is in the running for a grant from PacBio to receive long read DNA sequencing of our foxes. The grant submission was in the form of a short video and the winner will be decided on by public vote. You can go to the PacBio website to vote!

April 19, 2018

Hurray to Estelle Bastounes, Grace Lee, and Jeremy Stutchman! They made excellent poster presentations of their projects at the UIUC Undergraduate Research Symposium!

April 14, 2018

Congratulations to Jeremy Stutchman who is the recipient of the Warren K. Wessel Award!

March 13, 2018

Congratulations to Halie Rando on highly successful Prelim Exam!!!

March 9, 2018

Thanks to Grace Lee for excellent poster presentation of her undergraduate research project at Explore ACES!

February 28, 2018

Congratulations to Ali Ford who successfully presented her master project at 3rd Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics in Vienna!

October 18, 2017

Congratulations to Halie Rando who successfully passed Qualification Exam in Informatics!

July 25, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer Johnson who successfully defended her Master thesis in Bioinformatics in Animal Sciences on July 25th! Time to celebrate Jen’s achievements!

July 7, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica Hekman who successfully defended her PhD thessis on July 7th! Hurray! Well done!

April 27, 2017

Jeremy Stutchman and Omar Shennib presented their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Well done!

January 25, 2017

Congratulations to Jeremy Stutchman who was accepted to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Mayo Clinic!

April 21, 2016

Naomi Won and Jeremy Stutchman presented their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Great work!

February 13, 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Halie Rando whose talk received a student award at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium!

July 14, 2015

Congratulations to Halie Rando with completion of all requirements for the Master in Bioinformatics Program at the Department of Animal Sciences and successful defense of her Master Thesis!

May 27, 2014

Lab trip to Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Indiana

May 24, 2014

Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL

May 12, 2014

The 16th Annual Genes, Brain, & Behavior Meeting, Chicago, IL

April 2, 2014

Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

November 8, 2014

Fall 2013 Davidson Lecture, Department of Biology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

November 5, 2014

Institute of Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

September 25, 2013

7th International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases, Cambridge, MA

October 2013: National Geographic

Dr. Kukekova was recently interviewed for an article about “What Does the Fox Say.” Click here to read it.

August 2013: Fox Talk by L.E. Carmichael

The Fox Project is the topic of a children’s book, Fox Talk by L.E. Carmichael. In it, Dr. Kukekova offers some insight into the foxes’ communicative behavior.

November 2010: Nova

The Nova documentary “Dogs Decoded” features Dr. Anna Kukekova discussing the domesticated silver fox population.