Welcome to the Neuroscience Laboratories of Nancy G. Forger and Geert J. de Vries at Georgia State University. 

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Geert and Nancy

Buenos Dias lab lunch

Buenos Dias lab lunch


Morgan, Charisma, and Nancy report on perinatal cell death in the mouse brain

Findings suggest that birth is an important trigger of cell death and were reported in the Journal of Comparative Neurology (August 2016).


Nicole, Mary, Jack, and Geert report atypical social development in juvenile rats that lack vasopressin”

A former postdoc Matthew Paul, grad students Nicole Peters and Jack Whylings, postdoc Mary Holder, and Geert de Vries report atypical development of play behavior and ultrasonic communication in eNeuro (July 2016).


Nancy reviews epigenetic mechanisms in sexual differentiation of  the brain and behavior”

This review has been published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (February 2016).


Nancy, Alex, and Alexandra publish new review”

Nancy Forger, grad student Alex Strahan, and postdoc Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz reviewed the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sexual differentiation in mammals in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. (January 2016)


Nancy’s research in the news”

Nancy’s research on birth and brain development was recently featured on the website Brain Decoder.


Mary and Krishna featured in the National News!

Money Magazine recently named GSU one of the “Ten Commuter Colleges that give you a World Class Education.” We were pleased to see GSU up there with the likes of Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Washington, and even more pleased to see that a photo of our lab, featuring Mary Holder and Krishna Mehta graced the article! (And that’s Mary’s and Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz’s super clean lab bench!!) Photo by Meg Laskey Buscema.



SexorganomeGeert and Nancy introduce the “SexOrganome!” This diagram represents many of the interactions between the central nervous system and sex differences elsewhere in the body that we discuss in our latest review, “Sex differences in the brain: A whole body perspective,” which appeared in Biology of Sex Differences. We make the point that many sex differences in the brain may be a consequence of sex differences in the body, and may serve to allow males and females to behave and function in similar ways. So far, we are quite happy with the attention our paper has received, e.g., from the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative, which wrote a very nice review of our paper.

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