I no longer accept dissertation or rotation students but I do maintain an active research program.
Our research centers on the way maternal behavior is regulated. Although it is well-established that hormones expressed during pregnancy stimulate maternal behavior, very little is known about signals that inhibit this behavior. This aspect of neuroplasticity has broad social implications and directly impacts the ability of mothers to raise their young successfully. We are particularly focused on the way the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus impacts maternal behavior patterns and the way progesterone and other hormonal signals modulate these effects.