Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory

Department of Psychology, Boston College

Lab Director: Gorica D. Petrovich, PhD



January 2015

We welcome Marissa Kellogg '16 to the lab as an undergraduate volunteer.

Hannah Yoon '16 and Marisa Marotta '15 receive funding from the Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship progam to continue their work assisting on a variety of on-going projects.

March 2015

Sindy Cole (right) and Christina Reppucci (left) traveled to Philadelphia, PA where they delivered paper presentations at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.

Lab members Heather Mayer and Christina Reppucci joined other members of the Boston College Psychology Department on a visit to a local community center as part of Brain Awareness Week. Here, they taught 3rd-5th graders about the brain through a variety of interactive hands-on activities.

April 2015

Lauren Anderson traveled to Stanford, CA to attend the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and was awarded the Florence P. Haseltine award for the best poster presentation by a new investigator at the closing awards banquet.


Sara Keefer received a new investigator travel award (NITA) to attend the upcoming Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior meeting in July. Awards were made on the basis of the scientific merit of the applicant's research, as represented by the submitted abstract. Award winners will receive special recognition in the Annual Meeting Program, during a special NITA Symposium, and at the banquet.

May 2015

Unergraduate student, Anna Whitham, presented a poster on her honor's thesis project during the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.

Graduate students Lauren Anderson & Sara Keefer presented their research at the annual psychology graduate research day event.

June 2015

Hannah Yoon '16, Andrew Stone '16 and Megan Ebner '16 begin their summer work in the lab thanks to funding from a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

July 2015

Graduate student Christina Reppucci successfully defended her dissertation titled: "The functional forebrain circuitry of fear-cue inhibited feeding in food-deprived rats: Evidence from complementary pathway tracing and Fos induction maps studies".

Sindy Cole and Sara Keefer (below) traveled to Denver, CO to attend the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), where they both gave talks about their recent research. Sara Keefer was presented with her new investigator travel award from SSIB at the closing banquet, and Sindy Cole received a Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) Travel Award to attend the conference.

Christina Reppucci and Gorica Petrovich's research paper: “Organization of connections between the amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and lateral hypothalamus: a single and double retrograde tracing study in rats” has been accepted for publication in Brain Structure and Function.

Farewell wishes to Heather Mayer '12, who is leaving the lab to attend graduate school at UC Davis.

August 2015

Lauren Anderson and Gorica Petrovich's research paper: “Renewal of conditioned responding to food cues in rats: Sex differences and relevance of estradiol” has been accepted for publication in Physiology & Behavior.

Gorica Petrovich was co-author on a review paper: "Stress exposure, food intake and emotional state", which has been accepted for publication in Stress.

October 2015

Sindy Cole and Gorica Petrovich's research paper: "Orexin/Hypocretin-1 Receptor Antagonism Selectively Reduces Cue-Induced Feeding in Sated Rats and Recruits Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Thalamus" has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.

Sindy Cole, Lauren Anderson, and Sara Keefer traveled to Chicago, IL to attend and present posters at the Society for Neuroscience conference. The lab had a great presence at the meeting presenting three posters of our most recent research.

November 2015

Marissa Kellogg '16, Andrew Stone '16, Hannah Yoon '16, Megan Ebner '16, and Gorica Petrovich were featured in the BC Magazine. Click here to read.