Carol Elias

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Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

PhD, University of Sao Paulo

Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Carol received her PhD in Neurosciences and Behavior at the University of São Paulo, and did postdoctoral training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston-MA in Neurosciences and Neuroendocrinology. Following her postdoctoral training, she returned to Brazil to establish an independent research program in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, where I worked for about 10 years. In 2006, I came back to the United States (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/UTSW, Dallas, TX) for 1-year sabbatical and was invited to join the faculty at the Division of Hypothalamic Research. In November of 2012, Carol moved her laboratory to the University of Michigan, Ann Abor, MI and became a faculty in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Carol was the co-director of the Reproductive Sciences Program from 2017 to 2021 and became the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program in 2021. Her main research interests are neuroendocrinology and systems neuroscience. Her laboratory aims to determine the neural and molecular mechanisms by which the metabolic imbalance disrupts reproductive physiology and social behaviors. To accomplish these goals, her lab uses molecular biology tools, genetically modified mouse models and viral vectors for brain mapping and targeted deletion or re-expression of related genes.

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