Grippo Lab, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Angela Grippo’s laboratory is located in the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU).
Our research is focused on the interactions of stress, emotion, and the heart. Currently we are studying prairie voles, which are interesting rodents that engage in social behaviors similar to humans, including living in family groups and forming lasting social bonds. Our laboratory focuses on interdisciplinary, translational research.
Click the links on the left side of the page to view information about our ongoing research projects, publications, presentations, grants, people in the lab, and other related information.
About our Lab
The research methods that we use include:
- The study of behavior
- Changes in the social environment
- Stress responses
- Analysis of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular system
- Analysis of the immune and endocrine systems
- The study of brain regions, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones
We have published several articles describing the research in the Grippo laboratory. The members of the Grippo laboratory include graduate students working toward MA and PhD degrees in psychology with a specific focus on neuroscience and behavior; as well as several undergraduate research assistants working towards degrees in psychology, sociology, and biology.
Updated May 9, 2017
May, 2017: Congratulations to Marigny, Tang, and Miranda, who attended some conferences recently to present findings from our ongoing projects. Marigny attended the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago, IL, to present some of our data on spatial navigation strategies in rats and prairie voles. She also attended the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago to present some data from our study of environmental enrichment and the cardiovascular system. Tang attended Experimental Biology as well, to present some data from our studies with social isolation and exercise. Miranda attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, TN, where she talked about our study focused on the behavioral and physiological benefits of exercise in the prairie vole model. Miranda also presented some data from our studies of environmental enrichment, physiology, and the brain at the NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day conference. Congrats to all of them on great presentations!
Congratulations, Nalini and Blessy!
January, 2017: Congratulations to Nalini and Blessy, who both graduated in December! Nalini received her MS degree in Information Systems, and Blessy received a BS in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Chemistry. We are proud of them, and wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their careers!
Congratulations to Grippo Lab Members!
September, 2016: We have had many changes to the Grippo Lab recently. Several of our previous lab members have moved onto bigger and better things, and some new students have joined the lab. Wil completed his MA degree, and has joined Rush University's animal care team as an Animal Care Technician. Neal has joined the US Navy as a Research Psychologist. Ashley has started the graduate program in psychology at Illinois State University. Trevor has graduated with his BS degree from NIU and is applying to medical school. Josh is finishing up his PhD and is applying for postdoctoral positions and jobs. We're proud of all of them! We also welcome 2 new graduate students to the lab, Tang and Marigny. We look forward to all of the great work that they will do!