Linda Rinaman, PhD Professor, Neuroscience
The ability of animals to mount adaptive responses to emotional and physiological stress is mediated by central neural pathways that control neuroendocrine secretion, autonomic function, and motivated behavior. The long-term objective of Dr. Rinaman's research program is to characterize the functional multisynaptic organization of these neural systems. Neuroanatomical, physiological, and behavioral techniques are applied to probe these circuits in developing and adult animals, which display marked differences in homeostatic responses to various stress stimuli. This research program offers unique opportunities to test hypotheses about brain structure-function relationships within the natural context of nervous system development.