Our lab has broad research interests in the field of animal physiology. We take theoretical and comparative approach to study animalsí energy budgets, how energy allocation strategies shape their life history traits, and how they alter the budgets to adapt to changes in environment, such as changes in temperature and resources. We develop quantitative and predictive models based on first principles and test them with real physiological data. We have been investigating the energetic basis of a wide range of biological processes from cellular level to ecological level, including cell growth and replication, ontogeny, reproduction, aging, mammalian respiration, colonial living of social insects, etc. For details of the current research focuses, please click Research.
Chen Hou, PH.D.
Rm. M-4, Schrenk Hall