Gretchen Neigh, PhD

Dr. Gretchen Neigh is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania followed by a PhD in neuroscience from The Ohio State University. Upon completion of her PhD training, Dr. Neigh pursued her postdoctoral training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her postdoctoral training she received multiple fellowships including an NRSA, an IRACDA fellowship in research and science teaching, and the Cottrell Postdoctoral Enhancement Award. After her fellowships, Dr. Neigh joined the faculty at Emory University as a tenure track Assistant Professor with joint appointments in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Physiology. Dr. Neigh relocated her research program to Virginia Commonwealth University in early 2016.

Dr. Neigh’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which stressors cause adaptations in physiology and behavior and the extent to which stress-induced alterations diverge between males and females. Her work focuses on periods of increased plasticity and susceptibility to insults such as adolescence, late life, and in the context of HIV. The work in Dr. Neigh’s lab is multidisciplinary and attends to the interplay among the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems. In addition, her work spans multiple levels of analysis from assessment and manipulation of gene expression, to imaging in rodents, to behavioral analysis. The work also uses multiple model systems including cell culture, rodents, non-human primates, and human investigation.

Dr. Neigh has received funding from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Claude Pepper Center, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute for Nursing Research, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition to her research program, Dr. Neigh serves on the Executive Committee of the Organization for the Study of Sex Difference (OSSD), is the social media editor for Neuropsychopharmacology, is the President of the Central Virginia Chapter for the Society of Neuroscience, and serves on the editorial boards of Hormones & Behavior and Physiology & Behavior. More information about her work can be found at: