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Meet the Team

Kyle Gobrogge
Kyle L. Gobrogge

Postdoctoral Researcher

McGuinn 428

phone: 617-552-4100

email: gobrogge[at]bc.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Kyle Gobrogge studied the genetics of social behavior as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and taught courses in Neurobiology at Harvard University, for which he was honored with the prestigious Derek Bok Teaching Award. He then went on to molecular genetic techniques and animal models of addiction as preclinical researcher at Tufts investigating the molecular neurobiology underlying relationships between stress and addiction. Currently, Kyle is working at Boston College examining rat models of social play and plans to begin using molecular genetic tools to manipulate social play behavior. He has published over 30 research articles, reviews, and chapters.

Positions and Education
Since Aug 2016

Postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Dr. Alexa Veenema, Department of Psychology, Boston College

2014 - 2016

Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratory of Dr. Klaus Miczek, Department of Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA

2010 - 2014

Postdoctoral researcher, Laboratory of Dr. Edward Kravitz, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Advisor: Dr. Zuoxin Wang


M.Sc. in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Advisor: Dr. Zuoxin Wang


B.Sc. in Neuroscience, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Selected Publications

Gobrogge, K.L., Jia, X., Liu, Y. & Wang, Z.X. (2016). Neurochemical Mediation of Affiliation and Aggression Associated with Pair Bonding. Biological Psychiatry Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Gobrogge, K.L. & Wang, Z.X. (2016). The Ties that Bond: Neurochemistry of Attachment in Voles. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 38:80-8.

Gobrogge, K.L. & Wang, Z.X. (2015). Neuropeptidergic Regulation of Pair-bonding and Stress Buffering: Lessons from Voles. Hormones and Behavior, 76, 91-105.

Gobrogge, K.L. (2013). Sex, Drugs, & Violence: Neuromodulation of Attachment and Conflict in Voles. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience, Springer, New York, NY.

Gobrogge, K.L. & Wang, Z.X. (2011). Genetics of Aggression in Voles. Advances in Genetics, Chapter 8, Elsevier, San Diego, CA.

Young, K.A., Gobrogge, K.L., & Wang, Z.X. (2011). The Role of Mesocorticolimbic Dopamine in Regulating Interactions Between Drugs of Abuse and Social Behavior. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 498-515.

Young, K.A., Gobrogge, K.L., Liu, Y., & Wang Z.X. (2011). The Neurobiology of Pair Bonding: Insights From a Socially Monogamous Rodent. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 32, 53-69.

Gobrogge, K.L., Liu, Y., Young, L.J., & Wang, Z.X. (2009). Anterior Hypothalamic Vasopressin Regulates Pair Bonding- and Drug-Induced Aggression in a Monogamous Rodent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 106(45), 19144-9.

Gobrogge, K.L., Liu, Y., & Wang, Z.X. (2008). Dopamine Regulation of Pair Bonding in Monogamous Prairie Voles. The Neurobiology of the Parental Brain, Chapter 22, 345-58, Elsevier, San Diego, CA.

Gobrogge, K.L., Breedlove, S.M., & Klump, K.L. (2008). Genetic and Environmental Influences on 2D:4D Finger-Length Ratios: A Study of Monozygotic and Dizygotic Male and Female Twins. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37(1), 112-8.

Gobrogge, K.L., Liu, Y., Jia, X., & Wang, Z.X. (2007). Anterior Hypothalamic Neural Activation and Neurochemical Associations with Aggression in Pair Bonded Male Prairie Voles. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 502, 1109-22.

Gobrogge, K.L., Perkins, P.S., Baker, J.H., Balcer, K.D., Breedlove, S.M. & Klump, K.L. (2007). Homosexual Mating Preferences from an Evolutionary Perspective: Sexual Selection Theory Revisited. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(5), 717-23.

Klump, K.L., Gobrogge, K.L., Perkins, P.S., Thorne, D., Sisk, C., & Breedlove, S.M. (2006). Preliminary Evidence that Gonadal Hormones Organize and Activate Disordered Eating. Psychological Medicine, 36(4):539-46.

Klump, K.L. & Gobrogge, K.L. (2005). A Review and Primer of Molecular Genetic Studies of Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 37, S43-S48.

Morris, J.A., Gobrogge, K.L., Jordan, C.L., & Breedlove, S.M. (2004). Brain Aromatase: Dyed-in-the-Wool Homosexuality. Endocrinology, 145(2), 475-7.