Virginia Brooks, PhD

Dr. Brooks

Primary Affiliation

Professor - Physiology & Pharmacology Department

Program Affiliation

Physiology & Pharmacology
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Program in Molecular & Cellular

Background & Education

  • B.S. 1972, Oakland University
  • Ph.D. 1978, University of Michigan


The research of our laboratory focuses on interactions between hormones and the autonomic nervous system in health and disease. 

One project investigates long-term control of sympathetic outflow, in particular, in the context of salt-sensitive hypertension. How sympathetic activity is chronically regulated is not completely understood, and our hypothesis is that changes in peptide hormones and other circulating factors, such as angiotensin, aldosterone and salt concentration, are critical components of this control system. 

A second project investigates how blood pressure regulation is altered during pregnancy. We have found that pregnancy markedly attenuates function of the baroreceptor reflex and the autonomic response to hemorrhage.

In addition to the lab, we also love the great outdoors and being with friends.


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