Trevor Rodrigues

  • Lab Technician
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  • M.Sc. Neuroscience, B.Sc. Integrated Science, B.Sc. Neuroscience


My research interests have fluctuated through my time in the Abizaid lab. Initially I worked on measuring circadian rhythm of food entrained mice. I then started work on how high caloric intake affects circadian rhythm. A push towards decreasing one’s caloric intake is often viewed as a means of weight loss in today’s society.  Recently, stress has been related to the increasing rates of caloric intake in society, an effect eventually leading to weight gain. Ghrelin is a hormone produced by the stomach that is associated with stress, caloric intake and weight gain. Currently my research focuses on the interaction of chronic predictable stress and the gut hormone ghrelin.


Trevor began his first undergraduate degree at Carleton in 2006 and finished in 2010. He then went on to do another B.Sc. in Neuroscience before beginning his M.Sc. in Neuroscience in 2011. Some of his hobbies include: computer building, drawing, woodwork, piano, violin, guitar and swimming.

Recent Publications

Blum, Ian D, and Elaine Waddington, and Trevor Rodrigues, and Alfonso Abizaid. Isolating Neural Correlates of the Pacemaker for Food AnticipationPlos One 7 (2012): 1-14.

Lamount, Elaine W, and Zack Patterson, and Trevor Rodrigues, and Olga Vallejos, and Ian Blum, and Alfonso Abiziad. Ghrelin deficient mice have fewer orexin cells and reduced cFOS expression in the mesolimbic dopamine pathway under a restricted feeding paradigm. Elsevier(2012)

Poster Presentations

T. Rodrigues, Z.R. Patterson, A. Abizaid (2012). Stress mediated ghrelin secretion increases caloric intake and weight gain. Presented at the 4th annual IMHR Young Researchers’ Conference: Collaborations for Change.

Blum, I.D., Rodrigues, T., and Abizaid, A. (2010). Isolating Neural Correlates of the Food Entrainable Oscillator. Presented at the 4th Canadian Association for Neuroscience meeting, Ottawa, ON.

Blum, I., Rodrigues, T. and Abizaid, A. (2010). Isolating neural correlates of food anticipation from metabolic and appetitive drives. Presented at the 40th Society for Neuroscience Meeting San Diego CA.

Neuroscience Affiliations

  • Neuroscience FC – defender/goalie
  • Neuroscience dodge ball team
  • Equipment Manger – Society for Neuroscience

Volunteer Work

  • General Hospital Ottawa, 2009-2010
  • Dr. Brown & Seller Dental Clinic Ottawa, 2010-2012
  • Dr. Bert Vikstroem, Summer 2011

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