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Lierni Ugartemendia, Ph.D.

Lierni Ugartemendia, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Current Project: 

Increasing evidence suggest that oxytocin (OT) plays a specific role mediating stress-coping behaviors that are uniquely required for newborn care. However, stress responsive circuits that signal to influence OT function remain poorly understood. This is particularly relevant during the postpartum period, when mothers adapt to their new environments after childbirth. Here, we will try to determine how the expression of corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1 in OT neurons help mothers to cope with stress. We are using an intersectional genetic approach together with pattern recognition and automated quantification provided by machine learning algorithms to demonstrate our hypothesis.