NANCY G. FORGER Bio |  Research |  Publications |  Lab Members 

Nancy G. Forger
Professor, Department of Psychology
Member, Neuroscience and Behavior Program
Member, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
Member, Center for Neuroendocrine Studies

532 Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
phone: (413) 545-5982
email: nforger@psych.umass.edu   

My research is focused on how hormones create sex differences in the nervous system. During mammalian development an initially bi-potential embryo undergoes differentiation to become male or female. This process includes sexual differentiation of the central nervous system, and is driven primarily by steroid hormones produced by the developing gonads. One of the ways that hormones sculpt the developing nervous system is by controlling neuronal cell death. We are studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms whereby hormones control developmental cell death in the brain and spinal cord. We are also examining sexual differentiation of the nervous system in unusual animals such as naked mole-rats and spotted hyenas.
 
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