We are interested in hormonal modulation of the developing and adult nervous system that leads to changes in behavior. Steroid hormones such as testosterone can alter the survival and differentiation of glia, neurons and target tissues such as muscle. Using a range of rodent species, we try to understand which cells directly respond to the hormone, which genes are regulated in those cells, and how the structure and function of the cell changes as a consequence of that gene regulation. If you want more detailed information about some of the ongoing projects, click on the research projects link above.
We are blessed with not one but two principal investigators, Cynthia Jordan and Marc Breedlove, who are both involved in every project that goes on in the lab. We are also blessed with a fun crew of interesting and exciting young scientists who work hard and laugh often. For more information on them, click on the lab members link above.