Training Faculty

Dale Sengelaub Director

Departments: Psychological and Brain Sciences, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Hormonal control of development and plasticity in sexually dimorphic neural systems; hormones as neurotherapeutic or neuroprotective agents

Laura Hurley Associate Director

Departments: Biology, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Context-dependence of male and female vocal signals during courtship; sex differences in sensory neuromodulation

Jeffrey Alberts

Departments: Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Perinatal behavior and physiology; parental behavior; development of sociality

Jennifer Barber

Departments: Sociology, The Kinsey Institute

Research Interests: The interplay between intimate relationships, attitudes/values/beliefs, and processes related to pregnancy (sexual behavior, contraceptive use, and pregnancy desires)

Lynda Delph

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology

Gregory Demas

Departments: Biology, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Neuroendocrine-immune interactions; social behaviors; sickness behaviors; reproductive-immune trade-offs

Justin Garcia

Departments: Gender Studies, The Kinsey Institute

Research Interests: Intersections of biology and gender; social and sexual monogamy; human sexual behavior; human reproductive strategies and sexual behavior

Matthew Hahn

Departments: Biology, Informatics

Research Interests: Evolution of sex chromosomes; genomics and transcriptomics

Debby Herbenick

Departments: Applied Health Science

Research Interests: Human sexuality, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections

Ellen Ketterson

Departments: Biology, Neuroscience, Gender Studies

Research Interests: Hormones and reproductive behavior; sex and gender in animals, seasonal development of reproduction, evolution and ecology

Curtis Lively

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Evolution of sex; host-parasite interactions

Armin Moczek

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Development and evolution of novel, complex traits; causes, mechanisms, and consequences of sex- and environment-sensitive development and behavior

Leonie Moyle

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Genetics of speciation and adaptation; comparative genomics; evolutionary ecology; plant reproduction

Ken Nephew

Departments: Medical Sciences

Research Interests: Cancer epigenetics (DNA methylation and histone modifications); nuclear receptors and steroid hormone action; translational research in ovarian and breast cancer

Irene Newton

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Functional and evolutionary genomics of symbiosis

Erik Ragsdale

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Genetic regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity

Kim Rosvall

Departments: BiologyKim Rosvall

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology of sex differences in reproductive and social behavior; neuroendocrine and genomic mechanisms of sex differences

Troy Smith

Departments: Biology, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Evolution and neuroendocrine regulation of sex differences in communication and reproductive social behavior

Peter Todd

Departments: Cognitive Sciences, Informatics, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Effect of cognitive mechanisms, social environment, and sex differences on human mate choice

Cara Wellman

Departments: Psychological and Brain Sciences, Neuroscience

Research Interests: Sex differences and stress effects on structure and function of neural circuits underlying emotion regulation; transgenic models of psychopathology

Affiliated Faculty

Natasha Chaku

Departments:  Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Cognitive development in adolescence, its correlates, and the implications of its development for different populations, especially as related to puberty, psychopathology, and positive development.

Cris Ledon-Rettig

Departments:  Biology

Research Interests: How do environmental and endogenous signals interact to generate phenotypic variation in physiologies and behaviors? What are the ecological and evolutionary consequences of such variation?

Gregory Lewis

Departments: Intelligent Systems Engineering, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Research Interests: Bioengineering techniques to the collection and analysis of human physiological signals

Michael Wasserman

Departments: Anthropology, Human Biology

Research Interests: Ecological and evolutionary relationships between wild primates and their estrogenic plant foods, with relevance to understanding the roles of endocrine disruptors in primate conservation, human evolution, and modern human health and diet

Lesley Weaver

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Physiological control of reproduction through inter-organ communication

Emeritus Faculty

Peter Cherbas

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Drosophila Drosophila development and genomics; nuclear receptors for steroid hormones and other transcription factors

John Foley

Departments: Medical Sciences

Research Interests: Developmental cell biology; sexual dimorphism; nipple, nursing/lactation; sex hormone responsiveness

Julia Heiman

Departments: The Kinsey Institute, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Human sexual response; partner selection and health outcomes; neuroendocrine-behavior interactions in human sexuality

Milos Novotny

Departments: Chemistry

Research Interests: Mammalian pheromones; olfaction; sexual dimorphism

Michael Wade

Departments: Biology

Research Interests: Evolution of sexual dimorphism, sex chromosomes and maternal effects; appearance of imprinting or parent-of-origin effects with maternal dominance; inbreeding and sexual conflict; sexual and genomic conflict