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Elinor L Sullivan Ph.D.

  • (503) 346-5516
    • Assistant Professor Oregon National Primate Research Center
    • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry School of Medicine

Dr. Sullivan received her Ph.D. in Physiology from OHSU in 2000 and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Willamette University. She received her postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco and OHSU. Dr. Sullivan is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, an Assistant Professor at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Sullivan is actively involved in training future scientists through her teaching and mentoring of University of Oregon graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Sullivan’s research examines the impact of maternal nutrition and metabolic state on the behavioral regulation and brain development of offspring.

Areas of interest

  • Behavioral Regulation
  • Brain Development
  • Developmental Programming
  • Maternal Nutrition
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Serotonin

Education

  • B.A., Willamette University 2000
  • Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University 2006

Honors and awards

  • May 2016 Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of Portland
  • November 2015 Authored manuscript “Maternal High-Fat Diet and Obesity Impact Palatable Food Intake and Dopamine Signaling in Nonhuman Primate Offspring” selected as one of the top four entries to be included in the Third Annual Obesity Journal Symposium.
  • January 2015 Provost’s Initiative for Undergraduate Research Award - ($1,000) University of Portland.
  • November 2014 The Impact of Maternal Diet on Offspring Behavioral Regulation, Butine, $1,166.00
  • May 2010 Award for Best Post-Doctoral Talk. Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
  • July 2009 Pat Simons Travel Award Grant to attend the Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society. The Obesity Society.
  • October 2008 Travel Award to attend NIH’s Neuroimaging in Obesity Research Workshop. National Institute of Health
  • May 2008 Award for Top-Ranked Post-Doctoral Fellowship of 2007. Bay Area Division of the American Heart Association.
  • September 2006 Stipend support from Molecular Approaches to Mental Health Fellowship Program, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
  • May 2006 Award for best poster presentation at the Student Research Forum, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.
  • April 2006 Travel award to attend Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Oregon Chapter of Society for Neuroscience.
  • November 2005 Nominated to the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Program for Excellence in Science.
  • May 2005 Stipend support from Reproductive Training Grant, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.
  • April 2004 Travel award to attend Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Oregon Chapter of Society for Neuroscience.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Thompson JR, Gustafsson HC, DeCapo M, Bagley J, Dean T, Takahashi D, Kievit P, Sullivan EL. Western Diet, Metabolic State, and Inflammation: Modeling developmental influences on offspring behavior in non-human primates. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 2018 April 23. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00161.

  • Thompson JR, Valleau JC, Barling AN, Franco JG, DeCapo M, Bagley JL, Sullivan EL. Exposure to a High-Fat Diet during Early Development Programs Behavior and Impairs the Central Serotonergic System in Juvenile Non-Human Primates. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2017 Jul 21;8:164. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00164. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28785241; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5519527. 

  • Rivera HM, Kievit P, Kirigiti MA, Bauman LA, Baquero K, Blundell P, Dean TA, Valleau JC, Takahashi DL, Frazee T, Douville L, Majer J, Smith MS, Grove KL, Sullivan EL. Maternal high-fat diet and obesity impact palatable food intake and dopamine signaling in nonhuman primate offspring. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Nov;23(11):2157-64. doi: 10.1002/oby.21306. PubMed PMID: 26530932; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4636015.

  • Sullivan EL, Holton KF, Nousen EK, Barling AN, Sullivan CA, Propper CB, Nigg JT. Early identification of ADHD risk via infant temperament and emotion regulation: a pilot study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;56(9):949-57. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12426. Epub 2015 May 12. PubMed PMID: 25968589.

Publications

  • "Early high-fat diet exposure causes dysregulation of the orexin and dopamine neuronal populations in nonhuman primates." Frontiers in Endocrinology  In: , Vol. 9, No. SEP, 508, 10.09.2018.
  • "Maternal High-Fat Diet Effects on Adaptations to Metabolic Challenges in Male and Female Juvenile Nonhuman Primates." Obesity  In: , Vol. 26, No. 9, 01.09.2018, p. 1430-1438.
  • "Maternal diet, metabolic state, and inflammatory response exert unique and long-lasting influences on offspring behavior in non-human primates." Frontiers in Endocrinology  In: , Vol. 9, No. APR, 161, 23.04.2018.
  • "Delineating the Macroscale Areal Organization of the Macaque Cortex In Vivo." Cell Reports  In: , Vol. 23, No. 2, 10.04.2018, p. 429-441.
  • "Modulations in the offspring gut microbiome are refractory to postnatal synbiotic supplementation among juvenile primates." BMC Microbiology  In: , Vol. 18, No. 1, 28, 05.04.2018.
  • "Adverse Placental Perfusion and Pregnancy Outcomes in a New Nonhuman Primate Model of Gestational Protein Restriction." Reproductive Sciences  In: , Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 110-119.
  • "Gadolinium chelate safety in pregnancy : Barely detectable gadolinium levels in the juvenile nonhuman primate after in utero exposure." Radiology  In: , Vol. 286, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 122-128.
  • "Maternal prenatal depression predicts infant negative affect via maternal inflammatory cytokine levels." Brain, Behavior, and Immunity  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Perinatal Nutrition and Programmed Risk for Neuropsychiatric Disorders : A Focus on Animal Models." Biological Psychiatry  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Maternal and postnatal high-fat diet consumption programs energy balance and hypothalamic melanocortin signaling in nonhuman primate offspring." American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology  In: , Vol. 313, No. 2, 14.08.2017, p. R169-R179.
  • "Exposure to a high-fat diet during early development programs behavior and impairs the central serotonergic system in juvenile non-human primates." Frontiers in Endocrinology  In: , Vol. 8, No. JUL, 164, 21.07.2017.
  • "Maternal prepregnancy body mass index and offspring attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder : a quasi-experimental sibling-comparison, population-based design." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines  In: , Vol. 58, No. 3, 01.03.2017, p. 240-247.
  • "Genomic Variants Associated with Resistance to High Fat Diet Induced Obesity in a Primate Model." Scientific Reports  In: , Vol. 6, 36123, 04.11.2016.
  • "Maternal high-fat diet and obesity impact palatable food intake and dopamine signaling in nonhuman primate offspring." Obesity  In: , Vol. 23, No. 11, 01.11.2015, p. 2157-2164.
  • "Maternal high-fat diet programming of the neuroendocrine system and behavior." Hormones and Behavior  In: , Vol. 76, 01.11.2015, p. 153-161.
  • "Early identification of ADHD risk via infant temperament and emotion regulation : A pilot study." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines  In: , Vol. 56, No. 9, 01.09.2015, p. 949-957.
  • "The role of maternal obesity in the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders." Frontiers in Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 9, No. MAY, 194, 2015.
  • "The impact of leptin on perinatal development and psychopathology." Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy  In: , Vol. 61, 01.11.2014, p. 221-232.
  • "Maternal high fat diet consumption during the perinatal period programs offspring behavior." Physiology and Behavior  In: , Vol. 123, 17.01.2014, p. 236-242.
  • "Unraveling the mechanisms responsible for the comorbidity between metabolic syndrome and mental health disorders." Neuroendocrinology  In: , Vol. 98, No. 4, 2014, p. 254-266.
  • "Objectively measured physical activity and C-reactive protein : National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports  In: , Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.04.2013, p. 164-170.
  • "Maternal high fat diet programming of the endocrine system." Journal of Physiology  In: , Vol. 590, No. 21, 11.2012, p. 5267-5268.
  • "Selective estrogen receptor modulator promotes weight loss in ovariectomized female rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) by decreasing food intake and increasing activity." American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism  In: , Vol. 302, No. 7, 01.04.2012.
  • "Perinatal exposure to high-fat diet programs energy balance, metabolism and behavior in adulthood." Neuroendocrinology  In: , Vol. 93, No. 1, 02.2011, p. 1-8.
  • "Molecular correlates of spontaneous activity in non-human primates." Journal of Neural Transmission  In: , Vol. 117, No. 12, 12.2010, p. 1353-1358.
  • "A rapidly occurring compensatory decrease in physical activity counteracts diet-induced weight loss in female monkeys." American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology  In: , Vol. 298, No. 4, 04.2010.
  • "Chronic consumption of a high-fat diet during pregnancy causes perturbations in the serotonergic system and increased anxiety-like behavior in nonhuman primate offspring." Journal of Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 30, No. 10, 10.03.2010, p. 3826-3830.
  • "Enhanced food anticipatory activity associated with enhanced activation of extrahypothalamic neural pathways in serotonin2C receptor null mutant mice." PLoS One  In: , Vol. 5, No. 7, e11802, 2010.
  • "Metabolic imprinting in obesity."   Frontiers in Eating and Weight Regulation. Vol. 63 S. Karger AG, 2009. p. 186-194.
  • "Deletion of Mecp2 in Sim1-Expressing Neurons Reveals a Critical Role for MeCP2 in Feeding Behavior, Aggression, and the Response to Stress." Neuron  In: , Vol. 59, No. 6, 25.09.2008, p. 947-958.

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