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Meet the Team

Christina Reppucci
Christina J. Reppucci

Postdoctoral Researcher

Giltner 221B

phone: 517-355-9562

email: reppucci[at]msu.edu

personal website: Christina Reppucci

Research Interests

My interests lie in delineating the functional neural circuitry underlying motivated behaviors using system neuroscience approaches, and how that circuitry may be differentially recruited in males and females. I am investigating the activation of pathways to the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and the role of the orexin/hypocretin system during juvenile social play behavior.

Christina is supported by NIMH R01MH102456.

Positions and Education
Since Jan 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Michigan State University

Sep 2015 - Dec 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Boston College

August 2015

Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College. Advisor: Dr. Gorica D. Petrovich

2010

M.A. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College. Advisor: Dr. Gorica D. Petrovich

2008

B.S. in Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Publications

Reppucci CJ, Petrovich GD (2016) Organization of connections between the amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and lateral hypothalamus: a single and double retrograde tracing study in rats. Brain Struc Funct, 221:2937-62.

Reppucci CJ, Kuthyar M, Petrovich GD (2013) Contextual fear cues inhibit eating in food-deprived male and female rats. Appetite, 69:186-95.

Petrovich GD, Hobin MP, Reppucci CJ (2012) Selective Fos induction in hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin, but not melanin-concentrating hormone neurons, by a learned food-cue that stimulates feeding in sated rats. Neurosci, 224:70-80.

Reppucci CJ, Petrovich GD (2012) Learned food-cue stimulates persistent feeding in sated rats. Appetite, 59:437-47.