Loretta Flanagan-Cato

Associate Professor

BA, Psychology, Rutgers University;

Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

M.S. Ed., Education Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Office Location: 
304B Lynch Laboratories
Research Interests: 
Community engagement and education outcomes
Specific Research Areas: 

Neuroscience outreach; social connection and achievement

Selected Publications: 

Grafe, L.A., Kim, O.A., and L.M. Flanagan-Cato. Differential effects of mineralocorticoids and angiotensin II on mesolimbic activity. Hormones and Behavior 79: 28-36, 2016

Ferri, S.L., P.F. Hildebrand, S.E. Way, and L.M. Flanagan-Cato.  Estradiol regulates markers of synaptic plasticity in the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus and amygdala of female rats.  Hormones and Behavior, 409-420, 2014.

Grafe, L.A., A.E. Takacs, D.K. Yee and L.M. Flanagan-Cato.  The role of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus and the organum vasculosum lateral terminalis in the control of sodium appetite in male rats.  J. Neuroscience, 34: 9249-9260, 2014.

Felgendreger, L.A., S.J. Fluharty, D.K. Yee, and L.M. Flanagan-Cato.  Endogenous angiotensin II-induced p42/44 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation mediates sodium appetite but not thirst or neurohypophysial secretion.  Journal of Neuroendocrinology 25: 97-106, 2013.

Ferri, S.L., C.J. Rohrbach, S.E. Way, K.S. Curtis, J.T. Curtis, and L.M. Flanagan-Cato.  Dendritic arbor of neurons in the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus in female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster).  Hormones and Behavior 62: 173-179, 2013.

Ferri, S.L. and L.M. Flanagan-Cato.  Oxytocin and dendrite remodeling in the hypothalamus.  Hormones and Behavior, 61: 251-258, 2012.

Griffin, G.D. and L.M. Flanagan-Cato. Ovarian hormone action in the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus: remodelling to regulate reproduction. J. Neuroendocrinology, 23: 465-471, 2011



Courses Taught: 
BIBB 160 Everyday Neuroscience (ABCS)
BIBB 260 Neuroendocrinology
BIBB 460 Neuroendocrinology
PSYC 600 (proseminar) Behavioral Basis of Biology