Dr. Heather Patisaul received her B.S. in Zoology in 1995 from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2001. Her lab explores the mechanisms by which endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) alter neuroendocrine pathways in the brain related to sex specific physiology and behavior.

Dr. Patisaul is specifically interested in how EDCs impact the development of neural pathways that coordinate socioemotional behaviors. The lab uses a variety of rodent models (rats, mice and prairie voles) and employs a suite of neuroanatomical, neurobehavioral, and molecular testing strategies such as RNAseq, qtPCR, in situ hybridization, 3D brain imaging, autoradiography and immunohistochemistry.

Work pioneered by graduate students in the lab also focus on endocrine disruption of the placenta and, more recently, bone development and integrity.

Want to Join Us?

We welcome creative and motivated trainees to apply to join the lab. Our work is interdisciplinary in nature and as such students and postdocs can draw upon their experience and training in endocrinology, neuroscience, toxicology, bioinformatics, and chemistry to build and execute independent projects within the overall theme of the lab. Collaborative projects that cross different disciplines to address high impact questions of relevance to environmental health are highly encouraged.