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Douglas Stuart Portman, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 273-1749

Office: (585) 275-7414

Fax: (585) 276-1947

Research Labs

Biography

Research

Genetic Control of Sex Differences in Neurobiology and Disease Though the existence of two sexes is a fundamental characteristic of nearly all animal species, the way biological sex brings about sex differences in the brain and behavior is poorly understood. Moreover, susceptibility to a host of human neurological and mental health disorders is strongly influenced by gender, but in most cases the biological bases for these differences remain opaque. Our research uses a simple, experimentally tractable model system--the small soil nematode C. elegans--to shed light on the genetic underpinnings of sex differences in neural development, behavior, and disease susceptibility. For more information, please visit the lab website at: http://wormweb.urmc.rochester.edu/

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1988
BA with Honors, | Univ of Pennsylvania
Biochemistry

1995
PhD | Univ of Pennsylvania
Molecular Biology and Genetics

Publications

Journal Articles

6/2016
García LR, Portman DS. "Neural circuits for sexually dimorphic and sexually divergent behaviors in Caenorhabditis elegans." Current opinion in neurobiology.. 2016 Jun 0; 38:46-52. Epub 2016 Mar 03.

4/7/2016
Portman DS, Biteau B. "Neuter No More: Fly Stem Cells Know Their Sex." Cell stem cell.. 2016 Apr 7; 18(4):429-30.

12/2016
Portman DS. "Neurobiology: Wired for sex." Nature.. 2016 533(7602):188-9. Epub 2016 May 04.

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