A mini-review that I wrote with my advisor Greg and former Demas lab graduate student Nikki Rendon has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Endocrinology! This paper discusses evidence for a novel neuroendocrine pathway for territorial aggression in seasonally breeding animals, in which adrenal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) serves as an important precursor for neural androgen synthesis during the non-breeding season. Our lab’s charismatic animal model, the Siberian hamster, is featured prominently in this review, along with the findings of numerous Demas lab publications over the years.
A link for the manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also be accessed here.
Featured image: two Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus) display aggressive behavior. Image credit: Frank Scherbarth.