personal website: Christina Reppucci
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.
Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Boston College
Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College. Advisor: Dr. Gorica D. Petrovich
M.A. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College. Advisor: Dr. Gorica D. Petrovich
B.S. in Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
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.