I joined the TEACRS program after completing my PhD in Addiction Neuroscience and Indiana University and Purdue University - Indianapolis.
As a TEACRS Postdoctoral Scholar, I worked with Jamie Maguie in the Department of Neuroscience at TUSM. My project centered on mechanisms by which stress can disrupt the brain's homeostatic balance of inhibitory and excitatory regulation. I was especially interested in the mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on reproductive health. Processes such as ovulation and pubertal onset are regulated by hormones whose synthesis and release are under tight inhibitory control. We hypothesize that stress hormones can disrupt the normal tonic inhibition of reproductive hormones at the level of the hypothalamus, to instigate a host of negative effects on reproduction.
As part of the TEACRS Program, I am teaching a new course on brain-based sex differences this fall in the Honors College at UMass - Boston.
I am continuing my career at Wesleyan University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, an appointment that begins on July 1, 2019.
To learn more about Laverne's career, visit her Wesleyan University webpage.