Benjamin Nephew, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences



BSc, Biology, Hobart College
PhD, Biology, Tufts University
Postdoctoral Training, Tufts University; Northeastern University


Campus: Grafton
Office: Peabody Pavilion, 115
Laboratory: Peabody Pavilion, 107

Contact Information

Office Phone: 508-839-7940
Lab Phone: 508-839-7956
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Research Website: Lab Research Page
Recent Publications:  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

My research is focused on stress-induced postpartum maternal behavioral disorders. Postpartum behavioral disorders in humans can have negative effects on the health of both mother and offspring, but little is known about the development of these disorders.  Although chronic stress is a known risk factor for depression, and depression is frequently associated with impaired maternal behavior, how chronic stress during lactation affects maternal behavior is unknown. My group is particularly focused on how chronic social stress, an ethologically relevant stressor, impacts maternal behavior. We use behavioral observation, physiological monitoring, molecular genetics, neuroendocrine manipulation, and functional MRI to investigate this question.


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research