Lauren Rudolph

Assistant Professor

Departments: Biology, Neuroscience
Teaching: Animal Physiology, Biology Junior Seminar, Organismal Physiology / Ecology
Research: Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology
Degrees: B.S., Washington & Lee University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Contact Info

Phone: (814) 332-2366

Office Info

Office Location: Steffee Hall B.313

Student Office Hours:
Mondays 1:30-4:30 pm
Tuesdays 10 am-12 pm, 5-6 pm

Research Interests

My general research interests are within the fields of behavioral neuroendocrinology and neuroscience. Specifically, I am interested in how steroid hormones affect the structure and function of biological systems in order to regulate behavior. Steroid hormones (e.g., testosterone) are well-known for their role in controlling the organization and activation of the neural circuitry underlying reproductive behaviors. We are investigating how these hormones act in “non-classical” ways, including at the cell membrane, to alter features such as androgen receptor (AR) expression, neuronal morphology, cell signaling cascades, and ultimately behavior. Determining the mechanisms of androgen signaling is critical for understanding the regulation of reproduction, but also informs how steroid signaling can occur in many other steroid-sensitive non-reproductive behaviors, inducing learning and memory and neuroprotection.