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Margaret Bell

  • Assistant Professor
  • PhD​​​​​​
  • Biological Sciences; Health Sciences
  • ​Neuroendocrinology
  • (773) 325-7066
  • ​McGowan North, Room 122 (in the Biology advising suite) 
Classes Taught

  • Cell Biology (BIO 250)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology A (HLTH 301)
  • Introduction to Endocrinology (BIO 386)

Research Interests

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.   

Select Publications

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 Neuroendocrinology, 420:125-137.

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, 154(3): 1225-1234.

Professional Society Memberships
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Endocrine Society
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology