Congrats to Stephanie Correa, our new SBN Secretary!
April 18, 2022

Stephanie Correa earned a BA in Biology from Pomona College and a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. Her dissertation research with Elizabeth Adkins-Regan tested the effects of ovarian steroids on sex determination in birds using domestic chickens, Japanese quail, and zebra finches. As a postdoc, Stephanie was lured by the power of genetic manipulations and switched to studying mice. Her postdoctoral research at Boston University Medical Center identified strain differences in the testis determination pathway, providing additional support for the hypothesis that the ovarian and testicular pathways mutually antagonize each other. A second postdoctoral position with Holly Ingraham at UCSF applied endocrine and genetic approaches to the study of energy balance. Stephanie identified neurons in the hypothalamus that regulate physical activity and body weight in female, but not male, mice. Stephanie is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UCLA. #TeamCorreaLab aims to understand how estrogens and other sex variables modulate energy balance, thermoregulation, and torpor in mice. Stephanie loves combining time-tested endocrine manipulations with cutting edge neuroscience tools to dissect the effects of estrogens on neural circuits.

Stephanie first joined SBN in 2002 and has experienced first-hand how SBN champions young scientists. As a faculty, Stephanie has participated in three SBN symposia, co-organized diversity workshops in 2020 and 2021, served as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee from 2019-2021, and received the 2020 New Investigator Award.

SBN appreciates the power of using a wide array of model systems, using a breadth of experimental tools, asking questions at multiple levels of analysis, bringing together scientists from small and large institutions, and uplifting scientists from marginalized groups. Stephanie will work with the SBN leadership to recruit and retain a membership that reflects these core values. Expanding SBN’s supportive and inclusive culture will strengthen our science and our community.