Brian Trainor

Research interests: behavioral neuroendocrinology
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Research themes in the Trainor lab

Study systems
The Trainor lab uses primarily rodent models, including California mice (Peromyscus californicus), white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus), and prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) to explore the effects of the social and abiotic environment on behavior. The lab has also investigated connections between hormones and behavior in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus), gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor), and African cichlids (Astatotilapia burtoni), and sexual selection in green swordtails (Xiphophorus helleri).

Techniques employed
*social, hormonal, and pharmacological manipulations
*behavioral testing
*radio- and enzyme immunoassay
*western blot
*real-time PCR
*microarray analyses

Selected publications
Greenberg, G. D., van Westerhuyzen, J. A., Bales, K. L. & Trainor, B. C. 2012. Is it all in the family? The effects of early social structure on neural-behavioral systems of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster), Neuroscience, 216, 46-56. (cover article)

Trainor, B. C. 2011. Stress responses and the mesolimbic dopamine system: social contexts and sex differences. Hormones and Behavior, 60, 457-469. (cover article).

Trainor, B. C., Lin, S., Finy, M. S., Rowland, M. R. & Nelson, R. J. 2007. Photoperiod reverses the effects of estrogens on male aggression via genomic and nongenomic pathways. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A.,104, 9840-9845.

Trainor, B. C., Martin, L. B., Kuhlman, J., Greiwe, K. M. & Nelson, R. J. 2006. Social and photoperiod effects on reproduction. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 30, 346-355.

Trainor, B. C. & Marler, C. A. 2001. Testosterone, paternal behavior, and aggression in the monogamous California mouse, Peromyscus californicus.Hormones and Behavior, 40, 32-42.

Current students and post-docs

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