Alexa Veenema

Alexa  Veenema
  • Associate Professor
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


PhD, Neuroscience, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 2003 
MA, Biology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1997


Curriculum Vitae: Alexa Veenema


Our lab explores the neural basis of social behavior. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding the roles of the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin (as well as opioids and orexin) in regulating social behavior (such as social play, social novelty-seeking, social recognition, social investigation, and sociosexual motivation) and how this is modulated by sex, age, and early life stress. We use rats as model organisms and employ a combination of behavioral, molecular, biochemical, and pharmacological techniques to address our research questions.

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