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Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

HCOM - Biomedical Sciences 
Academic Research Center 202E


Education:  Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1975  

 M.D. Washington University School of Medicine, MO 1978


Research Interest:  My laboratory is focused on studying the functions and mechanisms of action of two neuropeptide genes, the preoptic regulatory factors, PORF-1 and PORF-2. These genes give rise to two unique peptides which are expressed in the mammalian brain and whose expression is regulated by age, gender and hormonal status in a brain region dependent manner. Areas of special interest include the hypothalamus, a major regulatory region for neuroendocrine and metabolic functions and the hippocampus, a key area in learning and memory.