Joe Chadwick Jr.

Joe lives in Los Angeles and has his own edible garden and landscaping business called First Earth.

Bachelor of Arts
Wheaton College (MA), '05
Major: Psychobiology, American History

Previous Research:
Soon after my graduation from Wheaton College I joined the Tetel Lab, where I enjoyed three years of great research. While in the Tetel Lab, my work focused on protein-protein interactions between steroid receptors and their co-regulators, proteins that facilitate or repress the expression of target genes. I worked to generate a Co-Immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) assay that will let us examine protein-protein interactions between nuclear steroid receptors and their co-regulators in brain. Additionally, I used triple label fluorescent immunohistochemistry to investigate the expression of estrogen induced progesterone receptor and coactivators in the female mouse brain. Part of my job involved helping students on their research, which I enjoyed very much.

While at Wheaton College, my research focused on the conservation of endangered species. Specifically, I worked on projects studying the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) and on one project studying an endangered population of Fishers (Martes pennanti) in California. While studying the Terrapins on Cape Cod, I took part in a twenty year population study, protected Terrapin nests from predators, and conducted research on juvenile Terrapin use of salt marshes. During my junior and senior years I was in charge of a Terrapin headstart program at Wheaton College. During this time we raised and released to the wild approximately 85 Terrapin hatchlings that otherwise would not have survived.

Current Interests:
I have recently joined the Organismic & Evolutionary Biology program at UMass Amherst, where I am pursuing my PhD in Dr. Stephen McCormick's lab. Dr. McCormick's lab studies osmoregulation in Atlantic Salmon and other anadromous fishes. I hope to investigate the effects of stress and endocrine disrupters on growth and osmoregulation in Atlantic Salmon. I look forward to the opportunity to combine my knowledge of endocrinology gained in the Tetel Lab with my previous field research.


Molenda-Figueira, H.A, Murphy, S.D., Shea, K.L., Siegal, N.K., Zhao, Y., Chadwick, J.G., Denner, L.A. and Tetel, M.J. Steroid receptor coactivator-1 from brain physically interacts differentially with steroid receptor subtypes. Endocrinology, 2008. PDF

Im, D., Yore, M.A., Chadwick, J.G., Tetel, M.J. Steroid receptor coactivator-2 (SRC-2) from rat brain interacts differently with estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor subtypes. The Endocrine Society, 2008.

Yore, M.A., Im, D., Chadwick, J.G., Tetel, M.J. Steroid receptor coactivator-2 (SRC-2) from female rat hypothalamus and hippocampus interacts differently with the progestin receptor isoforms. Society for Neuroscience, 2007.

Tetel, M.J., Molenda, H.A., Yore, M.A., Im, D., Chadwick, J.G., Steroid hormone action: From the test tube to the brain. International Congress of Neuroethology, Vancouver, Canada, 2007.

Tetel, M.J., Yore, M.A., Webb, L.K., Chadwick, J.G., Molenda-Figueira, H.A. Steroid receptor coactivator-2 is expressed in female rat brain and physically interacts with estrogen receptor (ER)α, but not ERβ, in a ligand dependent manner. Society for Neuroscience, 258.9, 2006.

Brennessel, B., Chadwick, J., Stewart-Swift, C., Warren, N. The importance of the salt marsh as a nursery for Diamondback terrapins. The State of the Harbor Conference, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 2003.