Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory

Department of Psychology, Boston College

Lab Director: Gorica D. Petrovich, PhD


Recent News

January 2017

Lauren Anderson and Gorica Petrovich's research paper "Sex specific recruitment of a medial prefrontal cortex-hippocampal-thalamic system during context-dependent renewal of responding to food cues in rats" has been accepted for publication in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

February 2017

We welcome Kate Gershfeld '19 and Michelle Fitzpatrick '18 to the lab as undergraduate volunteers.

March 2017

Sara Keefer and Gorica Petrovich's research paper "Distinct Recruitment of Basolateral Amygdala-Medial Prefrontal Cortex Pathways Across Pavlovian Appetitive Conditioning" has been accepted for publication in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

April 2017

Congratulations to the entire lab for all the accomplishments this year! The Petrovich lab had a great time celebrating at a Thai restaurant!


May 2017

Congratulations to undergrads Antonio Santos and Amanda Jenkins Class of 2017! Good luck to Antonio at medical school and to Amanda in her clinical psych program!

June 2017

Sara Keefer and Lauren Anderson presented their research at Boston Area Neuroscience Group Meeting (BANG). They had a great time hearing from Dr. Stacie Bilbo, Dr. Elizabeth Byrnes, and Dr. Steve Ramirez. It was great to have Boston neuroscientists come together for a great meeting!

July 2017

Sindy Cole, Andrew Stone, and Gorica Petrovich's paper "The dorsomedial striatum mediates Pavlovian appetitive conditioning and food consumption" has been accepted for publication in the journal of Behavioral Neuroscience. Congratulations!

Sara Keefer presented her research at the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center Annual Symposium and Poster Session. Congratulations to Sara for being one of two graduate student poster award winners!

Sara Keefer and Gorica Petrovich attended the 25th annual meeting for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Gorica's PhD advisor Larry Swanson gave an amazing talk to open the meeting! Sara gave a talk her research entitled "Basolateral amygdala-medial prefrontal cortex pathway regulates behavioral flexibility during Pavlovian appetitive reversal learning." Additionally, she presented a poster on the lab's work entitled "Medial prefrontal cortex neuronal ensemble activated during cue-food learning is necessary for cue-induced consumption." It was a great meeting and both research projects were well received!

August 2017

We welcome two new graduate students, Danielle Lafferty and Eliza Greiner, to the lab! Scheduling for first projects for both of them is already underway! Good luck to the next 5+ years!

Also, welcome to our new lab manager, Laura Buczek, who is going to be an essential member to the productivity of the growing lab!

September 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Anderson for successfully defending her thesis entitled "Prefrontal Cortex Circuitry in Sex Differences of Context-Mediated Renewal of Appetitive Pavlovian Conditioned Responding"! We are all very proud of the work you have accomplished and wish you luck at your post-doc at Mass General Hospital!