OHSU

Damian G. Zuloaga

Postdoctoral Fellow

Major areas of research  

Developmental neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroendocrinology, developmental exposure to drugs of abuse.

Education 

B.A. Psychology, San Diego State University, 1999. 
M.A. Psychology, San Diego State University, 2003. 
Ph.D. Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Michigan State University, 2008.    

Publications  

Ottem, E. N., Zuloaga, D. G., & Breedlove, S. M.  (2004)  Brain gender: prostaglandins have their say.  Nature Neuroscience 7:570-2.    

Zuloaga, D. G., Morris, J. A., Breedlove S. M., & Jordan, C. L. (2007) Androgen-sensitivity of somata and dendrites of spinal nucleus of the bulbocavernosus (SNB) motoneurons in male C57BL6J mice.  Hormones and Behavior. 51(2):207-12.          

Handa, R. J., Zuloaga, D. G., McGivern, R. F.  Prenatal ethanol exposure alters core body temperature and corticosterone rhythms in adult male rats.  Alcohol. 41(8):567-75.    

Zuloaga, D. G., Jordan, C. L., & Breedlove, S. M. (2008).  Sexual differentiation of the brain.  In Squire, L. R. (ed) New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience.  Oxford: Elsevier.    

Zuloaga, D. G., Puts, D.A., Jordan, C. L., & Breedlove, S. M. (2008) The role of the androgen receptor in the masculinization of brain and behavior: What we’ve learned from the testicular feminization mutation.  Hormones and Behavior, 53(5):613-26.    

Sakamoto, H., Matsuda, K., Zuloaga, D.G., Nishiura, N., Takanami, K., Jordan, C.L., Breedlove, S.M., & Kawata, M. (2008) Sexually dimorphic gastrin releasing peptide system in the spinal cord controlling male reproductive functions. Nature Neuroscience, 11(6):634-6.    

Zuloaga, D. G., Morris, J. A., Jordan, C.L., & Breedlove S. M., & Jordan, C. L. (2008).  Mice with the Testicular Feminization Mutation Demonstrate a Role for Androgen Receptors in the Regulation of Anxiety-Related Behaviors and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. Hormones and Behavior, 54(5):758-66.       

Sakamoto, H., Matsuda, K., Zuloaga, D.G., Nishiura, N., Takanami, K., Jordan, C.L., Breedlove, S.M., & Kawata, M. (2009) Stress affects a gastrin-releasing peptide system in the spinal cord that mediates sexual function: Implications for psychogenic erectile dysfunction.  PLoS ONE 4(1): e4276.    

Handa RJ, Weiser MJ, Zuloaga D.G. (2009). A role for the androgen metabolite, 5alpha-androstane-3beta,17beta-diol, in modulating oestrogen receptor beta-mediated regulation of hormonal stress reactivity. J Neuroendocrinol. 2009 Mar;21(4):351-8.    

Zuloaga, D.G., McGivern, R.F., Handa, R.J. (2009).Organizational Influence of the Postnatal Testosterone Surge on the Circadian Rhythm of Core Body Temperature of Adult Male Rats. Brain Research, 1268:68-75.    

McGivern, R.F., Zuloaga, D.G., Handa, R.J. (2009).  Sex differences in stress-induced hyperthermia in rats: restraint versus confinement. Physiology and Behavior, 98(4):416-20.    

Sakamoto H, Takanami K, Zuloaga DG, Matsuda K, Jordan CL, Breedlove SM, Kawata M. (2009). Androgen regulates the sexually dimorphic gastrin-releasing peptide system in the lumbar spinal cord that mediates male sexual function. Endocrinology 150(8):3672-9.    

Zuloaga, D.G., Jordan, C. L., & Breedlove, S. M. (2011). The organizational role of androgens and the androgen receptor in anxiety-related behaviors and sensorimotor gating. Endocrinology, 152(4):1572-81.    

Zuloaga, D.G., Poort, J.E., Jordan, C. L., & Breedlove, S. M. (2011). Elevated Anxiety-Related Behavior and Corticosterone Response in Rats with the Testicular Feminization Mutation. Hormones and Behavior. 60(4):380-8.    

Zuloaga, D.G., Carbone, D., Hiroi, R., Chong, D., Handa, R.J. (2011).  Dexamethasone induces apoptosis in the developing rat amygdala in an age, region, and sex specific manner.  Neuroscience 199:535-47.    

Carbone, D., Zuloaga, D.G., Hiroi, R., Foradori, C., Legarie, M, Handa, R.J. (2012) Prenatal dexamethasone exposure potentiates diet-induced hepatosteatosis and decreases plasma IGF-1 in a sex-specific fashion. Endocrinology 153(1):295-306.    

Zuloaga, D.G., Carbone, D., Hiroi, R., Chong, D., Handa, R.J. (In Press).  Perinatal Dexamethasone-induced alterations in apoptosis within the hippocampus and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus are age- and sex-dependent. Journal of Neuroscience Research.   

Zuloaga, D.G., Carbone, D., Handa, R.J. (In Press).  Prenatal dexamethasone selectively decreases calretinin expression in the adult female lateral amygdala. Neuroscience Letters.