Taylor is a third year Zoology major working in Dr. Rachel Cohen's lab. Taylor is investigating whether the genes that regulate our daily rhythms might also play an important role in regulating annual rhythms. She is utilizing the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis) to answer this question, as these lizards breed seasonally and have very different behaviors in the breeding compared to the non-breeding seasons. Taylor uses quantitative PCR to examine expression of these genes and her work may reveal a potential relationship between seasonal reproduction and the circadian rhythm system.
Taylor was awarded a 2021 URC Foundation grant to fund her work and has presented her research at the 2022 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in Phoenix, AZ.