Dr. Hofmann is the Director of the CCBB and a professor of integrative biology at UT Austin. His research interests focus on the neurogenomic analyses of social behavior and social evolution. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Leipzig and the Max-Planck Institute in Seewiesen. He pioneered behavioral and neurogenomics in cichlid fishes to analyze and understand the molecular and neural basis of social behavior and its evolution. He developed many of the functional genomics resources for cichlids and has been a co-initiator of the cichlid genome consortium.
Executive AssistantLaurie is affiliated with the Center for 25% time (and Integrative Biology 75% time). In relation to her Center duties, she is responsible for all aspects of the BEACON award, including but not limited to, faculty, staff, and student appointments; travel (RTA documents and reimbursements); inventory; purchasing (including equipment); time sheets; tuition payments; etc.
Training and Outreach CoordinatorRayna is a graduate student in Hans Hofmann's lab. Her research interests focus on understanding the neuromolecular and endocrine mechanisms that regulate social behavior. As a CCBB Training and Outreach Coordinator, she organizes training opportunities and the Big Data in Biology Symposium.
Administrative AssociateNicole designs and maintains the CCBB website, all print materials for CCBB-related events and promotion, in addition to design work for other PIs on campus. Nicole handles the large-format poster printing services for CCBB, assists with conferences, CCBB and service center accounting/purchasing needs, inventory, and some travel and student appointments. She also acts as archivist and writer for the History Project for the Department of Integrative Biology.