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 3 psychology graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher, and several undergraduate research assistants working towards degrees in psychology, sociology, and biology.
Updated June 15, 2013
Learning About the Brain
Cece and Will learning about the brain
June, 2013: We had a great time talking to aspiring young scientists, Will and Cece, who visited the lab recently. Will and Cece learned about the brain, including some of the experiments we have been conducting with prairie vole brain tissue. They had a chance to see prairie vole social interactions, inspect the brain under the microscope, and help Elliott prepare some tissue using the cryostat!
Goodbye to The Rachels
Rachel Murphy & Rachel Schultz
May, 2013: We are sad to say goodbye to Rachel Murphy and Rachel Schultz (The Rachels), but we are very excited that they are moving on to bigger and better things. Rachel Murphy is transferring to Penn State University to finish her undergraduate degree. Rachel Schultz has graduated and will soon begin the Master's in Counseling program at NIU. Congratulations!
NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day
Elliott & Ashley
April, 2013: Congratulations to Ashley and Elliott for excellent presentations at the 4th Annual NIU Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day! We're proud of both of them, and an extra congrats to Elliott for winning an award at this conference! This conference, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), highlights undergraduate research. Several pictures from the event have been posted on the OSEEL's Facebook Page. An article about the conference can be found on the NIU Today website.