Zachary A. Grieb

  • Graduate Students

Faculty Advisor: Joseph S. Lonstein, PhD

B.A., 2013, University at Albany, SUNY
Psychology

Entered Program in 2013

 griebzac@msu.edu
Lonstein Lab

Academic and Research Background

I graduated in May 2013 from the University at Albany, SUNY with a BA in Psychology and minors in both music and neuroscience. At the University at Albany, SUNY I worked in Dr. Christine Wagner's lab where I completed my honors thesis titled "The Role of Progesterone Receptor in the Regulation of GABAergic Neurons in the Medial Preoptic Nucleus". Working with Dr. Wagner got me very interested in hormones and their effects on the nervous system

Current Research Interests

I am interested in how the expression of oxytocin receptors in the midbrain change across different reproductive states. I am also interested with how these changes interact with and influence midbrain neurotransmitter systems, such as the serotonergic system, to influence maternal care giving behavior and anxiety.

Personal Interests

I am a huge Tottenham Hotspurs of the British Premier soccer league fan. I also enjoy a variety of music, including playing bass guitar and saxophone, and spending time with my family.

Awards

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (2013)
  • Presidential Research Award (2013)
  • Presidential Scholarship(2009-2013)

Posters and Presentations

  • Grieb ZA, Manfredsson FP, Lonstein JS. "Effects of oxytocin receptor knockdown in the dorsal raphe on maternal and anxiety-like behaviors in postpartum rats." Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. November, 2016.
  • Grieb ZA, Lonstein JS. "Analysis of oxytocin receptor expression on serotonergic and dopaminergic cells of the dorsal raphe nucleus of postpartum rats." Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Montreal, CAN. August, 2016.
  • Grieb ZA, Tierney SM, Lonstein JS. "The role of ovarian hormones on maternal behaviors and medial preoptic area oxytocin receptor mRNA expression." Michigan Society for Neuroscience. East Lansing, MI. May 2016.
  • Grieb ZA, Lonstein JS. "Effects of reproductive state on the expression of oxytocin receptor mRNA and protein in the midbrain of female rats." Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL. October 2015.
  • Grieb ZA, Tierney SM, Lonstein JS. "The role of ovarian hormones in the decline of maternal behavior and consequent anxiety in lactating rats." Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Monterrey, CA. June 2015.
  • Holschbach, MA, Grieb, ZA, Lonstein, JS. “Postpartum stage and litter age interact to affect postpartum socioemotional behaviors and midbrain tryptophan hydroxylase 2 expression.” Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Sydney, Australia. August 2014.
  • Lonstein, JS, Holschbach, MA, Grieb, ZA. “Maternal and litter factors interact to influence postpartum caregiving, anxiety, and midbrain tryptophan hydroxylase 2 expression.” Society for Neuroscience. Washington D.C. November 2014. (Poster to be presented).