Principal Investigator


Haruka Wada, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University

Research Interests: Stress physiology, effects of stress during development on behavior and physiology, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying stress phenotype



Current graduate student




Madeline Choi, Master student

Research interests: Microbiology and stress physiology

Madeline has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Auburn. She is interested in gut and cloacal microbiome of our zebra finches as well as the epigenetic effects that may occur due to  developmental stressor(s).







Wonil Choi, Master student





























Tori Coutts, PhD student

Research interests: Nutritional stress, gene expression, epigenetics

Tori is broadly interested in phenotypic plasticity and how animals respond to environmental changes. Using poor nutrition as a stressor, Tori is investigating how zebra finches respond behaviorally and physiologically, and the genetic mechanisms behind these responses.





Cara Brittain, PhD student


Research interests: Conservation ecology and ecotoxicology

Cara is interested in the effects of environmental contaminants on animal behavior and physiology and the implications of these effects in conservation. Cara is studying effects of methylmercury on spatial memory and neural physiology in songbirds.





Alex Hoffman, PhD student


Research interests: Stress physiology, ecophysiology


Alex is interested in stress induced adaptive responses and their underlying mechanisms. Specifically he is studying the direct effects of heat stress on developing zebra finches, as well as the indirect effects on the phenotype of their offspring. 



Kevin Pham, Master student


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Current undergraduate researcher













































Current high school researcher




Wada Lab Alumni

Leslie Dees, Graduated from Auburn High School (2019)

Sejal Srivastava, Graduated from Auburn High School (2020)

Alex Rubin, M.S. (2019)

Shelby Still, M.S. (2019)

2019 Members of the Wada Lab

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Auburn University



Contact info


Office: 314 Rouse LSB

Lab: 005, 004 & 002 Rouse LSB


Office Telephone : ​+1 334-844-1338

Lab Telephone: +1 334-844-1685

Fax : +1 334-844-1645
Email :

Mailing address
Department of Biological Sciences

101 Rouse Life Science Building

Auburn AL, 36849