Robert Bridges, PhD

Robert Bridges, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences



BA, Biology, Earlham College
MS, Biobehavioral Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs
PhD, Endocrinology, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Los Angeles


Campus: Grafton
Laboratory: Peabody Pavillion, 205

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Office Phone: 508-839-7985
Lab Phone: 508-839-4985
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Research Synopsis

My laboratory's research efforts focus upon the effects of the hormones of pregnancy and lactation upon maternal behavior and the neuroendocrine events that characterize these physiological states. Specifically, the actions of the hormone prolactin and the neural prolactin system are a main subject of study. We also have a keen interest in the longer term effects of reproductive experience in female mammals upon neural processing as a model for adult neuroplasticity. Possible alterations in dopaminergic and central lactogenic receptor systems as a function of reproductive experience are studied in the context of neuroendocrine and behavioral plasticity. Another area of research explores the neurobiological events underlying the establishment and activation of maternal memory, including the roles of pregnancy, birth, and the lactational state in this process. Collaborations exist with colleagues at the University of Otago, New Zealand (neuroendocrine) and the University of Florida (fMRI studies).

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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