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  1. Taves MD, Losie JA, Rahim T, Schmidt KL, Sandkam BA, Ma C, Silversides F, Soma KK 2016. High cortisol levels in lymphoid organs of the developing zebra finch but not Japanese quail or chicken. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 54:116-125
  2. Bodnar TS, Hill LA, Taves MD, Yu W, Soma KK, Hammond GL, Weinberg J 2015. Colony specific differences in endocrine and immune responses to an inflammatory challenge in female Sprague-Dawley rats. Endocrinology (In press)
  3. Ferris JK, Tse MT, Hamson DK, Taves MD, Ma C, McGuire N, Arckens L, Bentley GE, Galea LAM, Floresco SB, Soma KK 2015. Neuronal gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and astrocytic gonadotropin inhibitory hormone (GnIH) immunoreactivity in the adult rat hippocampus. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 27:772-786
  4. Taves MD, Plumb AW, Sandkam BA, Ma C, Van Der Gugten JG, Holmes DT, Close DA, Abraham N, Soma KK 2015. Steroid profiling reveals widespread local regulation of glucocorticoids during mouse development. Endocrinology 156:511-522
  5. Ferland JMN, Zeeb FD, Yu K, Kaur S, Taves MD, Winstanley CA 2014. Greater sensitivity to novelty in rats is associated with increased motor impulsivity following repeated exposure to a stimulating environment: implications for the etiology of impulse control deficits. European Journal of Neuroscience 40:3746-3756


Matthew Taves


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Research area: Comparative Physiology
Supervisor: K. Soma
History: B.Sc. McMaster University (2008)

I am interested in the interactions between glucocorticoids (steroid stress hormones) and the immune system. These hormones have powerful immunosuppressive effects, which are thought to prevent harmful overshoot of the immune response. Immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) are especially vulnerable to glucocorticoids. Paradoxically, it appears that immune organs may produce their own glucocorticoids in early life, when the majority of lymphocyte development is occurring. My research aims to determine if glucocorticoids are locally produced in immune organs, how their production is regulated, and what role they play.




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