Cary H. Leung

Cary H. Leung, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Psychology & Mental Health
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Environment

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Neuroscience and Animal Behavior (2009)
    Emory University (GA)
  • BA, Biology and Society (1999)
    Cornell University (NY)

About Me

My teaching interests include neurobiology and hormones and behavior, as well as brain and behavior relationships and how hormones regulate those relationships. Every semester, students work with me on various research projects. They present their work at local, national, and international conferences. 

I am active in such professional societies as Society for Neuroscience, Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience, Society for Behavioral Endocrinology, and STEM-UP PA (Women in Science and Technology, Engineering and Math Mentoring Program).

Research Interests

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.


  • 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.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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


  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University (2015–2016)
  • Provost Grant, Widener University (2015–2016)
  • Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grant, Widener University (2015–2016)