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 September 6, 2016
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. 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!
2015 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
December, 2015: Congratulations to Ashley, Trevor, Joey and Blessy, all of whom had poster presentations at the NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference last week! These students presented information on our ongoing research projects, including social stress, emotion, endocrine function, and cardiovascular function. Great job - we're very proud of them!
Welcome to Our 2015-2016 Research Rookie
December, 2015: Congratulations to Miranda, who is a new NIU student that has joined our lab this semester as part of the NIU Research Rookies program. Miranda will be assisting with our studies focused on the beneficial effects of exercise in the context of social stress. Miranda did a great job discussing the goals of this research project at the Research Rookies reception earlier this week!