Professor

Office Phone: (773) 702-2895
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Lab phone: (773) 702-8441
Office: BPSB 324
Lab: BPSB 301, 302, 303

Biography

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
B.A., Psychology, 1993

University of California, Berkeley, California
Ph.D., Psychology (Biological), 1998.

Johns Hopkins University / Ohio State University
Post-doctoral Fellow, 1999-2003.

Research Interests

Psychoneuroimmunology

  • Bidirectional interactions between biological clocks and the immune system
  • Neural mechanisms of sickness behavior, motivational changes, and depression
  • Chronic disease and brain function: neuroinflammatory processes and HPA axis

Behavioral neuroendocrinology

  • Neuroendocrine, molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of biological timing

Recent Publications

Prendergast, B.J., Beery, A.K., Paul, M.J. and Zucker, I. (2012) Enhancement and suppression of ultradian and circadian rhythms across the female hamster reproductive cycle. Journal of Biological Rhythms 27(3):246-56.

Dooley, J.C. and Prendergast, B.J. (2012) Photorefractoriness and energy availabilityinteract to permit facultative timing of spring breeding. Behavioral Ecology 23: 1049-1058.

Kampf-Lassin, A., Galang, J., Wei, J. and Prendergast, B.J. (2011) Experienceindependent development of the hamster circadian visual system. PLoS One, 6: e16048.

Pyter, L.M., Pineros, V., Galang, J.A., McClintock, M.K. and Prendergast, B.J. (2009) Peripheral tumors induce depression and limbic cytokine production and alter hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis regulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 9069-9074.

More Information

https://sites.google.com/site/prendergastlab/