Danielle Stolzenberg, Ph.D.

 Danielle  Stolzenberg, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology

Neural Epigenetic Mechanisms that Regulate Social Behavior

Research Summary

The overall goal of Professor Stolzenberg’s research is to advance our understanding of the neurobiology of parental behavior. The question of how experiences that occur throughout the lifetime produce enduring effects on brain and behavior is a fundamental part of this research program. She focuses on motherhood as a significant experience gained in adulthood, which robustly affects brain and behavior. Her research suggests that the experience of becoming a mother results in a sustained sensitivity toward infants that is mediated by epigenetic mechanisms in the brain. Her laboratory uses behavioral, neuropharmacological and molecular techniques to explore the mechanisms by which infant interactions induce and sustain high levels of parental responding.

Selected Publications

Krubitzer, L., &  Stolzenberg, D. S. (2013). The evolutionary masquerade: genetic and epigenetic contributions to the neocortex. Current Opinion Neurobiology, 24, 157-165. 

Stolzenberg, D. S.,  Stevens, J. S., &  Rissman, E. F. (2012). Experience-facilitated improvements in pup retrieval; evidence for an epigenetic effect. Hormones & Behavior, 62, 128-135.

Stolzenberg, D. S.,  Grant, P. A., & Bekiranov, S. (2011). Epigenetic methodologies for behavioral scientists. Hormones & Behavior, 59, 407-416.

Stolzenberg, D. S., &  Numan, M. (2011). Hypothalamic interaction with the mesolimbic DA system in the control of the maternal and sexual behaviors in rats.Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 826-47.

Stolzenberg, D. S., &  Rissman, E. F. (2011). Oestrogen-independent, experience-induced maternal behaviour in female mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 23, 345-354.