- Cell Biology (BIO 250)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology A (HLTH 301)
- Introduction to Endocrinology (BIO 386)
Dr. Bell’s research is focused on the effects of a chronic
and ubiquitous environmental contaminant, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs
are a model endocrine disrupting chemical, and are known to independently
affect brain function, hormone actions, and immune processes. As such, the lab
is interested in understanding how PCBs affect interactions between the neural, endocrine, and immune systems during development, and their long-term consequences on brain and behavior. They use molecular and behavioral techniques to study this in a rat model.
Margaret R Bell, Bethany Hart,
Andrea Gore. 2016. Two-hit exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls at gestational
and juvenile life stages: 2. Sex specific neuromolecular effects in the
brain. Molecular and Cellular
Margaret R Bell.
2014. Endocrine-disrupting actions of PCBs on brain development and social and
reproductive behaviors. Current Opinions
in Pharmacology, 19:134-144.
Margaret R Bell and Cheryl Sisk. 2013. Dopamine mediates
testosterone-induced social reward in male Syrian hamsters. Endocrinology,
Professional Society Memberships
- Society for Neuroscience
- Endocrine Society
- Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology