Phyllis E. Mann
Section of Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
PhD - City University of New York -1987
MA - Queens College - 1985
BA - Queens College - 1973
General Research Interest
Neurobiology of maternal behavior in rats. Dr. Mann is studying the involvement of the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) in the regulation of maternal behavior in rats. She is using and will use behavioral, molecular, and tract-tracing techniques to identify the central (brain) mechanisms that inhibit the onset of maternal behavior.
Research Sponsor Interest
- Federally Funded Research
Selected Research Projects
- The Involvement of the VMH in Maternal Behavior in Rats.
- Hormone Receptor Silencing in the Study of Maternal Behavior.
- Evaluation of Environmental Enrichment and Pup Exposure on Maternal Behavior Sensitization Latencies in Virgin Female Rats.
Major Specialized Equipment Items Available
- Gamma counter
- Behavioral Apparatus
Mann PE and Gervais KJ: Environmental Enrichment Delays Pup-Induced Maternal Behavior in Rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 2011, 53,371-82.
Mann PE. (2006) Finasteride delays the onset of maternal behavior in primigravid rats. Physiology & Behavior, 88, 333-338.
Mann, P.E. & Babb, J. A. (2005) Neural steroid hormone receptor gene expression in pregnant rats. Molecular Brain Research,142, 39-46.
Mann, P.E. & Babb, J.A. (2004) Disinhibition of maternal behavior following neurotoxic lesions of the hypothalamus in primigravid rats. Brain Research, 1025, 51-58.
Mann, P.E. & Bridges, R.S. (2002) Prolactin receptor gene expression in the forebrain of pregnant and lactating rats. Molecular Brain Research, 105, 136-135.
Mann, P.E., Foltz, G., Rigero, B., & Bridges, R.S. (1999) The development of POMC gene expression in male and female juvenile rats. Developmental Brain Research, 116, 21-28.
Mann, P.E., Rubin, B.S., & Bridges, R.S. (1997) Differential proopiomelanocortin gene expression in the medial basal hypothalamus of rats during pregnancy and lactation. Molecular Brain Research, 46, 9-16.