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Tsai, Pei-San Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Tsai's research is focused on how hormones from the brain (neurohormones) control reproduction. Her research program explores two divergent yet interrelated subject areas. The first is more clinically oriented and examines candidate genes whose mutations cause reproductive hormone insufficiency and infertility in humans and rodents. The second has an evolutionary component and examines the broad pattern of how neurohormones evolved over the course of metazoan (multi-cellular organism) evolution.

keywords

  • hormone, hypothalamus, pituitary, gonad, reproduction, neuroendocrinology, evolution

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Teaching

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  • IPHY 2010 - Seminar in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces a small group of lower-division students to current research topics in integrative physiology. Emphasizes relevant applications to real-world situations. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topics vary.
  • IPHY 2910 - Practicum in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 3010 - Teaching in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 4010 - Seminar in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research and discussion of critical issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topics vary. Department enforced prerequisite: IPHY 2800 or equivalent.
  • IPHY 4440 - Endocrinology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces mammalian endocrine system. Provides a thorough analysis of chemical communication by hormones and related bioregulators with emphasis on the major endocrine systems such as the thyroid, gonad, pituitary and the brain. Department enforced prerequisites: one year of general biology (lecture + lab) and one year of general chemistry (lecture + lab). Same as IPHY 5440.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.

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