Lydia DonCarlos, PhD

  • Professor
  • Cell and Molecular Physiology
  • Ldoncar@luc.edu
  • CTRE 437

My research focuses on: sexual differentiation of the brain during early and pubertal development, gonadal steroid hormone receptors in the brain, neuroprotection by gonadal steroids, and non-classical mechanisms of steroid hormone action in the brain.  Many behaviors and physiological functions, such as reproduction, language, cognition, and stress responses, are sexually differentiated, as are mental and neurodegenerative disorders. Histochemical and molecular experiments are aimed at understanding the role of steroid receptors in modulating specific developmental processes such as neurogenesis, gliogenesis, neuronal survival, neurite outgrowth, and neurotransmitter phenotype selection.