Reyhan Westbrook weighs a mouse during tests which measure the animal's metabolic energy use in both fed and fasted conditions.
Dr. Oge Arum retrieves a mouse from a floating platform during a memory retention experiment.
Every Monday morning Dr. Bartke conducts a lab meeting to preview the week's experiments, check the status of ongoing research and share new information from biogerontology and endocrinology studies just published.
During the School of Medicine's Take Your Child to Work Day, Reyhan Westbrook and Angela Dirks talked to young visitors about the differences in growth rates and aging among the laboratory's many mice colonies.
A mutant dwarf mouse that has had its growth hormone receptor "knocked out" sits beside a normal mouse.
The Bartke lab is involved in collaborative research with a number of other scientists and laboratories from around the world. Dr. James Kirkland (left) and Dr. Tamara Tchkonia (center), from Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, are working with the Bartke lab on an NIH grant to discover the effects of altered somatotropic signaling on fat cells.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Bartke has co-hosted an international symposium on the neuroendocrinology of aging. It is held every other year in the Collegium Bernardi in Bregenz, Austria.