Research areas include neuroscience, neuromodulation, neurochemistry, and behavior.
Our lab is focused on the study of behavioral physiology, specifically the non-classical regulation of brain function and behavior by steroid hormones. Steroids are produced within discrete neural circuits ('neurosteroids') and can therefore influence behavior via local and acute actions within those circuits. We study these phenomena in songbirds using a variety of technical approaches including in vivo microdialysis, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, and neuropharmacology. Songbirds offer a unique model system in which brain steroid production is widespread and especially pronounced, and in which the development and expression of a suite of social behaviors is accessible in the laboratory and natural environments.
Learn more at www.umass.edu/healeylab/
- BS Biology Tufts University
- PhD Neurobiology and Behavior Cornell University
- Postdoctoral Training: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow UCLA