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cary h.leung, phd, assistant professor

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Cary H. Leung PhD

Assistant Professor

  • PhD Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Department of Psychology 2009

    Emory University (GA)

  • BA Biology and Society 1999

    Cornell University (NY)

  • BIOL 305 Neurobiology

My research focuses on the neurobiology of social behavior and how hormones play a role in regulating those behaviors. Together with Widener undergraduate biology majors, I work on projects ranging from brain and behavior studies in songbirds, stress physiology in fish, to testing gene therapy treatments for nervous system disorders in rodents. All of my projects are conducted at Widener, some of which are done in collaboration with researchers at larger institutions.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University, 2015–2016

  • Provost Grant, Widener University, 2015–2016

  • Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant, Widener University, 2015–2016

Selected Publications

  • Cornil, C.A., Leung, C.H., Pletcher, E.R., Naranjo K.C., & Saldanha, C.J. (2012). Synaptosomal aromatase is more rapidly inhibited by calcium dependent phosphorylations than microsomal aromatase in the zebra finch brain. Endocrinology, 153(6), 2562–2567.

  • Leung, C.H., Abebe, D., Earp, S.E., Goode, C.T., Grozhik, A.V., Mididoddi, P., & Maney, D.L. (2011). Neural Distribution of Vasotocin Receptor mRNA in Two Species of Songbird. Endocrinology, 152(12), 4865–4881.

  • Leung, C.H., Kliem, M.A., Heeke, B., Federici, T., & Boulis, N.M. (2011). Assessment of hippocampal AAV gene delivery via frameless stereotaxis in a nonhuman primate. Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, 89(5), 275–285.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN)