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Kellie L. Tamashiro, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Stress, depression, obesity, ingestive behavior, eating disorders, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), epigenetics, neuroendocrinology, animal models ...read more

Background

Titles

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • B.B.A., University of Hawaii (Hawaii) (1992)
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (Ohio) (2005)

Additional Training

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2008, Psychiatry & Neuroscience

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Our research program focuses on the developmental origins of disease. Stressors, including altered diet, psychosocial stress, immune challenge, during gestation can have adverse consequences on the intrauterine environment and increase disease susceptibility of the developing fetus.  The long-term effects on offspring include greater susceptibility to psychiatric disease, such as depression and anxiety disorders, and adverse metabolic conditions including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Studies in the laboratory use rodent models and incorporate a multilevel approach to determine the behavioral, physiological, and neural correlates of disease development.  Genetic and epigenetic approaches are used to further elucidate molecular mechanisms that may increase susceptibility to psychiatric disease and will facilitate development of diagnostic biomarkers and novel clinical interventions for such conditions. 

Another area of interest in the lab is in eating disorders. We use a rat animal model of anorexia (“activity-based anorexia”) to identify the factors that serve to perpetuate and sustain anorexia nervosa-like behavior and increase the likelihood of relapse. 

 

Lab Website: Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

Contact for Research Inquiries

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Ross Building
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-614-9151

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Faculty, Cellular & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Fellowship, Albert J. Ryan Foundation, 2002 - 2004
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, 2004
  • Alan N. Epstein Research Award, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 2014
  • Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Finalist, The Obesity Society, 2007
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Training Grant in Neuroendocrinology (T32 DK-59803), 2003 - 2004
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Training Grant in Psychiatry & Neuroscience (T32 MH-15330), 2005 - 2006
  • Fellowship, University Distinguished Graduate, 2000 - 2003

Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior
  • The Obesity Society

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
    Grand Rounds Lectures, Baltimore, MD (12/01/2013)
    Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Poor prenatal nutrition linked to negative metabolic changes, obesity, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Dispatch, June 16, 2014

Hope for Staying Off the Fat Track, Hopkins Brain Wise, Spring 2014


Happy Thanksgiving: If Kids Exercise, They Are Not Doomed By Maternal Epigenetics To Be ObeseScience 2.0, November 28, 2013

Olanzapine? Can't Say No to Dough, Hopkins Brain Wise, Winter 2012

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