Our laboratory is interested in how hormones affect brain and behaviour. As anyone who has gone through puberty, menopause or pregnancy can attest, hormones have a profound impact on our mind. We are currently investigating four main areas of research:
- the long and short term effects of pregnancy and mothering on memory and neuroplasticity;
- estradiol and estrone’s effects on learning and memory and relation to neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus;
- preclinical models of postpartum depression;
- sex differences in behavioural and neural consequences of stress.
We are located in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Our laboratory is associated with the Neuroscience Program at UBC and the Brain Research Centre. Students interested in graduate studies can apply through either Psychology or the Neuroscience Program.