- Graduate Student
- PDB C448
- My research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanism of estrogen’s regulation of feeding behavior. Specifically, I’m investigating membrane-initiated estrogen receptor signaling and the intracellular signaling events in hypothalamic and hindbrain neurons implemented in the control of food intake and energy balance. I’ve shown that membrane-bound estrogen receptor activation rapidly reduces food intake in female rats and am currently investigating several intracellular signaling cascades using cell culture models of hypothalamic neurons.
- Recent Publications
Smith AS, Tabbaa M, Lei K, Eastham P, Butler MJ, Linton L, Altshuler R, Liu Y, Wang Z, Local oxytocin tempers anxiety by activating GABAA receptors in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2016 PubMed
Lisa Eckel, Psychology