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Lowry, Christopher A. Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Lowry’s research is focused on mechanisms underlying stress-related physiology and behavior, with a focus on the role of serotonergic systems. Current projects address four main topics: 1) the integrative (molecular to organismal) biological mechanisms controlling anxiety-related physiological responses, anxiety-related behavior, and anxiety states, including the role of the microbiome 2) mechanisms underlying physiologic and behavioral responses to thermal stimuli, and the potential for whole-body infrared heating (WBH) for treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD); 3) mechanisms underlying rapid negative feedback control of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, including a potential role for the corticosterone-sensitive organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3); 4) mechanisms underlying physiologic and behavioral responses to peripheral immune activation, and the potential for immunoregulation in prevention and treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders

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  • behavioral neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, stress physiology, stress-related pathology, serotonergic systems

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