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Michigan State UniversityBreedlove Jordan lab at MSU

Casey Henley

Casey Henley

I am a post-doctoral research associate in the Breedlove-Jordan lab. I received my PhD in Zoology from Michigan State in 2008.

My research examines how gonadal hormones affect the brain and behavior, specifically trying to determine which effects are mediated by the androgen receptor (AR). Using a Cre-Lox mouse model in which AR is knocked out of muscle fibers, I examine the role of AR in the survival and maintenance of the spinal nucleus of the bulbocavernosus (SNB) motoneuron system. I am both validating the animal model for our experiments and investigating how testosterone action in the muscle fibers affects the SNB system.

I am also involved in outreach through the Neuroscience Program. I am one of the organizers for the Brain Bee at MSU, I participate in the Neuroscience Fair and Brain Awareness Week, and I am involved in setting up a new program to open up research opportunities for high school students. Additionally, I have instructed a number of courses at MSU both at the graduate and undergraduate level.