Gary P. Dohanich, Ph.D.
Ph.D., 1981, Michigan State University
Fellow: Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow
Co-Director: Major and Masters Programs in Neuroscience
Phone: (504) 862-3307
3047 Percival Stern Hall
Dr. Dohanich and his students have studied the influences of biological sex, and ovarian and adrenal steroids, on behavior. Employing a rodent model, most recent behavioral projects have focused on the expression and development of sex differences in learning and behavior, and the relationship to anxiety. Parallel experiments have investigated the role of acetylcholinergic neurotransmission as a key mechanism underlying sex differences in these behavioral processes.
Dr. Dohanich no longer mentors graduate or undergraduate students in his laboratory, and now concentrates his efforts on educational activities that include offering new graduate and undergraduate courses and expanding his teaching methodologies.
Mueller, S. C., E. M. Grissom, and G. P. Dohanich. Assessing gonadal hormone contributions to affective psychopathologies across humans and animal models. Psychoneuroendocrinology, in press, 2014.
Serefoglu, E. C., W. R. Hawley, G. F. Lasker, E. M. Grissom, S. H. Mandava, S. C. Sikka, G. P. Dohanich, and W. J. Hellstrom. Effect of botulinum-A toxin injection into bulbospongiosus muscle on ejaculation latency in male rats. Journal of Sexual Medicine, in press, 2014.
Cost, K. T., T. D. Lobell, Z. N. Williams-Yee, S. Henderson, and G. Dohanich. The effects of pregnancy, lactation, and primiparity on object-in-place memory of female rats. Hormones and Behavior 65:32-39, 2014.
Ferland, C. L., W. R. Hawley, R. E. Puckett, K. Wineberg, F. D. Lubin, G. P. Dohanich, and L. A. Schrader. Sirtuin activity in dentate gyrus contributes to chronic stress-induced behavior and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 cascade changes in the hippocampus. Biological Psychiatry 74:927-935, 2013.
Hawley, W. R., E. M. Grissom, J. M. Patel, K. S. Hodges, and G. P. Dohanich. Reactivation of an aversive memory modulates learning strategy preference in male rats. Stress, 73-86, 2013.
Hawley, W. R, E. M. Grissom, R. C. Martin, M. B. Halmos, C. L. Bart, and G. P. Dohanich. Testosterone modulates spatial recognition memory in male rats. Hormones and Behavior 63:559-565, 2013.
Grissom, E. M., W. R. Hawley, K. S. Hodges, J. M. Fawcett-Patel, and G. P. Dohanich. Biological sex influences learning strategy preference and muscarinic receptor binding in specific brain regions of prepubertal rats. Hippocampus 23:313-322, 2013.
Grissom, E. M., W. R. Hawley, S. S. Bromley-Dulfano, S. E. Marino, N. G. Stathopoulos, and G. P. Dohanich. Learning strategy is influenced by trait anxiety and early rearing conditions in prepubertal male, but not prepubertal female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 98:174-181, 2012.
Cost, K. T., Z. N. Williams-Yee, J. N. Fustok, and G. P. Dohanich. Sex differences in object-in-place memory in adult rats. Behavioral Neuroscience 126:457-464, 2012.
Hawley, W. R., E. M. Grissom, H. E. Barratt, T. S. Conrad, and G. P. Dohanich. The effects of biological sex and gonadal hormones on learning strategy in adult rats. Physiology and Behavior 105:1014–1020, 2012.
Hawley, W.R., E.M. Grissom, and G.P. Dohanich. The relationships between trait anxiety, place recognition memory, and learning strategy. Behavioural Brain Research 216:525–530, 2011.
Hawley, W., E. Grissom, L. Keskitalo, T. Hastings, and G. Dohanich. Sexual motivation and anxiety-like behaviors of male rats after exposure to a trauma followed by situational reminders. Physiology and Behavior 102:181–187, 2011.
Frankola, K.A, A.L. Flora, A.K. Torres, E.M. Grissom, S. Overstreet, and G P. Dohanich. Effects of early rearing conditions on cognitive performance in prepubescent male and female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 94:91-99, 2010.
Tunur, T., G.P. Dohanich, and L.A.Schrader. Pre-exposure to context affects learning strategy in mice. Learning and Memory 17:328-331, 2010.
Dohanich, G.P., D.L. Korol, and T. Shors. Steroids, learning and memory. In Hormones, Brain and Behavior, (Second Edition, Vol. 1), edited by D. W. Pfaff, A. P. Arnold, A, M. Etgen, S. E. Fahrbach, and R. T. Rubin. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 539-576, 2009.
Luine, V.N. and G.P. Dohanich. Sex differences in cognitive function in rodents. In Sex Difference in the Brain: From Genes to Behavior, edited by J. Becker et al., Oxford University Press, pp. 227-251, 2008.
Directed Ph.D. Dissertations
– Uric acid and adenosine binding in young rats: A model of hyperactivity (1987)
– Estrogen-dependent cholinergic regulation of sexual receptivity in intact cycling female rats (1991) (Associate Professor and Head of Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
– Gonadal steroid regulation of NADPH-diaphorase histochemistry in the male and female rat brain (1996) (Senior Professor of Practice of Psychology, Tulane University)
– The effects of estrogen delivered to the medial preoptic area and hippocampal formation on spatial performance in a radial arm maze (2000) (Senior Medical Writer, MedVal Scientific)
– The role of acetylcholine in the estrogen-induced increase in hippocampal NMDA receptor binding and in the associated enhancement of working memory performance (2000)
(Professor of Psychology, Tulane University)
– Role of corticotropin-releasing hormone in the modulation of spatial memory (1999)
(Assistant Professor, University of Louisville)
– Effects of estrogen treatment on working memory impairments induced by beta-amyloid and ibotenic acid in female rats (2003) (Faculty, Geosystems Research Institute)
– Modulation of spatial cognition in adult rats by biological sex, gonadal steroids, affective conditions, and cholinergic neurotransmission (2013) (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Syracuse University; Visiting Professor, Franklin and Marshall College)
– The relationships between sex differences in learning strategy in early life and neurochemical and neuroarchitectural endpoints in multiple memory systems (2013)
(Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Tulane University)
– Spatial ability during pregnancy and motherhood in rats and humans: A comparative study (2013) (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto)
Directed M.S. Theses
Amanda Crawford Torres
Recent Course Offerings
Psychobiology of Sexuality and Gender – COLQ 3010
Psychobiology of Sexuality– PSYC 3801
Drugs and Behavior– PSYC 4070
Psychopharmacology – NSCI 4530/6530, PSYC 4530/6530 (FALL 2014)
Behavioral Endocrinology – NSCI 4060/6060, PSYC 4060/6060 (SPRING 2016)
Graduate Psychopharmacology – PSYC 7100
Neurobiology of Stress Disorders – NSCI 7590 (SPRING 2015)
Teaching Pedagogy – PSYC 6801/NSCI 6660 (FALL 2014)
Teaching Seminar – (SPRING 2015)