Research interests: behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, diet, exercise, stress

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Tobiansky DJ, Wallin-Miller KG, Floresco SB, Wood RI & Soma KK  (2018)  Androgen regulation of the mesocorticolimbic system and executive function.  Frontiers in Endocrinology, in press.

Tobiansky DJ, Korol AM, Ma C, Hamden JE, Jalabert C, Tomm RJ & Soma KK  (2018)  Testosterone and corticosterone in the mesocorticolimbic system of male rats: effects of gonadectomy and caloric restriction.  Endocrinology  159: 450-464.

Chin EH, Schmidt KL, Martel KM, Wong CK, Hamden JE, Gibson WT, Soma KK & Christians JK  (2017)  A maternal high-fat, high-sucrose diet has sex-specific effects on fetal glucocorticoids with little consequence for offspring metabolism and voluntary locomotor activity in mice.  PLOS ONE  12: e0174030 (20 pp).

Low KL, Ma C & Soma KK  (2017)  Tyramide signal amplification permits immunohistochemical analyses of androgen receptors in the rat prefrontal cortex.  Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry  65: 295-308.

Taves MD, Hamden JE & Soma KK  (2017)  Local glucocorticoid production in lymphoid organs of mice and birds: functions in lymphocyte development.  Hormones and Behavior  88: 4-14.

Heimovics SA, Trainor BC & Soma KK  (2015)  Rapid effects of estradiol on aggression in birds and mice: the fast and the furious.  Integrative and Comparative Biology  55: 281-293.

Taves MD, Plumb AW, Sandkam BA, Ma C, van der Gugten JG, Holmes DT, Close DA, Abraham N* & Soma KK*  (2015)  Steroid profiling reveals widespread local regulation of glucocorticoid levels during mouse development.  Endocrinology  156: 511-522.  *co-PIs 

Fokidis HB, Adomat HH, Kharmate G, Hosseini-Beheshti E, Guns ES & Soma KK  (2015)  Regulation of local steroidogenesis in the brain and in prostate cancer: lessons learned from interdisciplinary collaboration.  Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology  36: 108-129.

Soma KK, Rendon NM, Boonstra R, Albers HE & Demas GE  (2015)  DHEA effects on brain and behavior:  insights from comparative studies of aggression.  Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  145: 261-272.

Fokidis HB, Prior NH & Soma KK  (2013)  Fasting increases aggression and differentially modulates local and systemic steroid levels in male zebra finches.  Endocrinology  154: 4328-4339.



Winter 2018

PSYC270 Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience Sections

Foundational topics in behavioural neuroscience.

Winter 2018

PSYC306A Principles of Animal Behaviour - PRIN ANIML BEHAV Sections

Behavioural neuroscience; behavioural genetics; social systems; mating and parental strategies; instinct and learning; evolution of human behaviour. Credit will be given for only one of BIOL 310 or PSYC 306.

Winter 2018

PSYC594 Psychoneuroendocrinology Sections

Not offered each year; consult Department of Psychology.