Graduate Studies Faculty
Henryk F. Urbanski, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interests:Circadian Rhythms, Neuroendocrinology, Aging, Cognition, Reproductive Neuroendocrine Axis. » Click here for more about Dr. Urbanski's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor RotationsAcademic Term Available Winter 2014 Maybe Fall 2014 Maybe Spring 2015 Maybe
Faculty MentorshipDr. Urbanski might be available as a mentor for 2014-2015. Dr. Urbanski might be available as a mentor for 2015-2016.
Research in the Urbanski lab is focused on two major hypothalamic neural circuits: 1) those responsible for maintaining rhythmic biological functions, and 2) those responsible for maintaining normal reproductive function. The lab's primary goal is to elucidate the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms, and to determine the impact of changes in the external and internal environments. They use a wide variety of techniques to investigate how sleep-wake cycles and reproductive physiology are influenced by day-length, diet, age and sex-steroids. They also examine the underlying genetic and neuroendocrine mechanisms. Their hope is that a deeper understanding of the plasticity within hypothalamic neuroendocrine circuits should lead to the development of effective therapies for various human physiological disorders, especially those associated with the onset of puberty and menopause, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SORWELL KG, KOHAMA SG, URBANSKI HF (2014).Testosterone increases circulating dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate levels in the male rhesus macaque. Frontiers in Endocrinol, 5:101 doi: 10.3389/fendo.2014.00101.
SORWELL K & URBANSKI HF(2013). Causes and consequences of age-related steroid hormone changes: insights gained from nonhuman primates. J Neuroendocrinol, 25:1062-1069.
HALEY GE et al, (2012). Association of microtubule associated protein-2, synaptophysin, and apolipoprotein E mRNA and protein levels with cognition and anxiety levels in aged female Rhesus macaques. Behav Brain Res, 232:1-6.
HALEY GE et al, (2012). Measures of anxiety, amygdala volumes, and hippocampal scopolamine phMRI response in elderly female rhesus macaques. Neuropharmacology, 62:385-390.
URBANSKI HF (2012). Differential roles of GnRH-I and GnRH-II neurons in the control of the primate reproductive axis. Frontiers in Genomic Endocrinol,3:20. doi:10.3389/fenod.2012.
SORWELL K et al, (2012). Perimenopausal regulation of steroidogenesis in the nonhuman primate. Neurobiol Aging, 33:1487.e1-1487.e13.
URBANSKI HF & SORWELL K (2012). Age-related changes in neuroendocrine rhythmic function in the rhesus macaque. Age, 34:1111-1121.
URBANSKI HF (2011). Role of circadian neuroendocrine rhythms in the control of behavior and physiology. Neuroendocrinol, 93:211-222.
URBANSKI HF (2011). Circadian variation in the physiology and behavior of humans and nonhuman primates. In: Animal Models of Behavioral Analysis, Neuromethods 50 (ed, J. Raber), Springer, NY. Chapter 9, pp.217-235.
DSc (2004) University of Edinburgh
PhD (1983) Univerisity of Bristol
MSc (1978) University of Edinburgh
BSc (1977) University of Wales