Current Awardees

Catherine Dulac, Ph.D. of Harvard University

Catherine Dulac, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Research Summary: The Dulac Lab uses molecular, genetic and optical techniques to explore the molecular and neuronal basis of innate social behaviors in the mouse. Her research focuses on circuits that underly sex-specific behaviors, known for sex and smell, as well as elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying reproductive and aggressive behaviors and sex-specificity in pheromone responses.

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Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Research Summary: Dr. McCarthy's research focuses on the influence of steroid hormones on the developing brain with a special emphasis on understanding the cellular mechanisms that establish sex differences (including roles for prostaglandins, endocannabinoids, amino acid transmitters, and multiple enzymes) by which steroids permanently organize the developing brain differently in males and females.

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Dr. Barry Dickson, Ph.D., of Janelia Research Campus

Barry Dickson, Ph.D.

HHMI—Janelia Research Campus

Research Summary: The Dickson lab uses molecular genetic techniques to study the function of neural circuits in Drosophila to understand courtship circuitry and decipher sex differences and similarities. Their goal is to understand how information processing in defined neural circuits generates complex animal behaviours. As a model system, they focus on the fly's mating behaviours. These behaviours are robust, adaptive, and particularly amenable to genetic analysis.

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Catherine S. Wooley, William Deering Chair in Biological Sciences, Professor of Neurobiology

Catherine Woolley, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Research Summary: Dr. Woolley's research focuses on steroid regulation of synaptic structure and function and the consequences of steroid-driven synaptic modulation for behavior. Two majro research ideas are: 1) that estrogens are produced not only in periphery as hormones but also directly within the brain as neurosteroids that rapidly modulate synaptic function and behavior; and 2) that some mechanisms of synaptic modulation in non-reproductive parts of the brian differ between the sexes, which is important for understanding how experience or interventions, such as drugs, affect males and females differently.

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Deborah Clegg, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist-in-Residence, Department of Health Studies College of Arts and Sciences, American University Washington, DC; Visiting Professor, Biomedical Sciences Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Professor-in-Residence, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Deborah Clegg, Ph.D.

Drexel University Medical Center

Research Summary:  Dr. Clegg's research is focused on understanding the impact of sex hormones on energy homeostasis, metabolic function and adipose tissue distribution, which ultimately will enhance our understanding of the role of estrogen in protecting against diseases associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Specifically, her lab researches whether androgens and estrogens are involved in the modulation of the major bioenergetic and/or biosynthetic pathways that normally support energy homeostasis and adipose tissue function.

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2019 Gill Symposium & Awards


Please save the date and plan to join us Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00 AM for the 2019 Gill Symposium and Awards at Indiana University Bloomington.

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