Kiran K. Soma

Professor
phone 604 827 5820
location_on Office: Room F154, Koerner Pavilion--2211 Wesbrook Mall | Mailing Address: 2136 West Mall

Research Areas

Education

PhD, University of Washington, 2000

About

Dr. Kiran Soma is a professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Djavad Mowafagian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 100 papers on neural circuits, hormones, behaviour, and immune function, and these papers have received over 6000 citations.


Research

Research interests include behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, diet, exercise, stress.


Publications

See Google Scholar for papers and citations.

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.


Awards

  • Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fund Sabbatical Fellowship (2017)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2015)
  • Killam Faculty Research Prize (2012)
  • Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2010)

Kiran K. Soma

Professor
phone 604 827 5820
location_on Office: Room F154, Koerner Pavilion--2211 Wesbrook Mall | Mailing Address: 2136 West Mall

PhD, University of Washington, 2000

Dr. Kiran Soma is a professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Djavad Mowafagian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 100 papers on neural circuits, hormones, behaviour, and immune function, and these papers have received over 6000 citations.

Research interests include behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, diet, exercise, stress.

See Google Scholar for papers and citations.

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.

  • Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fund Sabbatical Fellowship (2017)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2015)
  • Killam Faculty Research Prize (2012)
  • Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2010)

Kiran K. Soma

Professor
phone 604 827 5820
location_on Office: Room F154, Koerner Pavilion--2211 Wesbrook Mall | Mailing Address: 2136 West Mall

PhD, University of Washington, 2000

Dr. Kiran Soma is a professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Djavad Mowafagian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 100 papers on neural circuits, hormones, behaviour, and immune function, and these papers have received over 6000 citations.

Research interests include behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, diet, exercise, stress.

See Google Scholar for papers and citations.

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.

  • Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Fund Sabbatical Fellowship (2017)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2015)
  • Killam Faculty Research Prize (2012)
  • Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2010)