Jill danielJill M. Daniel, Ph.D.

Ph.D., 2000, Tulane University

Director: Neuroscience Program

Curriculum Vitae

Phone: (504) 862-3301

3050 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

The broad goal of Dr. Daniel’s research is to understand mechanisms by which estrogens and androgens impact areas of the brain important for cognition. Current work in the lab is focused on the impact of these hormones on the brain and cognition across the lifespan, from early in development during which they help organize mammalian brains as male or female to later in life during which changes in their levels impact the aging brain. Research is conducted in rodent models and experimental approaches used in the lab include behavioral analyses as well as biochemical and molecular assays.

Selected Publications

Nelson, B.S, Springer, R.C. & Daniel, J.M.  (2014). Antagonism of brain insulin-like growth factor-1 receptors blocks estradiol effects on memory and levels of hippocampal synaptic proteins in ovariectomized rats. Psychopharmacology, 231: 899-907.

Bayless, D.W., Darling, J.S. & Daniel, J.M. (2013). Mechanisms by which neonatal testosterone exposure mediates sex differences in impulsivity in prepubertal rats. Hormones and Behavior: 64: 764-769.

Daniel, J.M. (2013). Estrogens, estrogen receptors and female cognitive aging: Impact of timing. Invited review in Special Issue, Hormones & Neurotrauma, Hormones and Behavior, 63: 231-237.

Witty, C.F., Gardella, L.P., Perez, M.C. & Daniel, J.M. (2013). Short-term estradiol administration in aging ovariectomized rats provides lasting benefits for memory and the hippocampus: a role for insulin-like growth factor-I. Endocrinology, 154: 842-852.

Witty, C.F., Foster, T.C., Semple-Rowland, S.L. & Daniel, J.M. (2012). Increasing hippocampal estrogen receptor alpha levels via viral vectors increases MAP kinase activation and enhances memory in aging rats in the absence of ovarian estrogens. PLOS ONE, 7(12):e51385.

Nelson, B.S., Witty, C.F., Williamson, E.A. & Daniel, J.M. (2012). A role for actin rearrangement in object placement memory in female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 98: 284-90. Received 22 May 2012

Bayless, D.W., Darling, J.S., Stout, W.J. & Daniel, J.M. (2012). Sex differences in attentional processes in adult rats as measured by performance on the 5-choice serial reaction time task. Behavioural Brain Research, 235: 48-54.

Daniel, J.M. & Bohacek, J. (2010). The critical period hypothesis of estrogen effects on cognition: Insights from basic research. Invited review in Special Issue, Estrogen Action in the Brain, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – General Subjects, 1800: 1068-1076.

Rodgers, S.P., Bohacek, J. & Daniel, J.M. (2010). Transient estradiol exposure during middle-age in ovariectomized rats exerts lasting effects on cognitive function and the hippocampus. Endocrinology,.

Bohacek, J. & Daniel, J.M. (2010). The beneficial effects of estradiol on attentional processes are dependent on timing of treatment initiation following ovariectomy in middle-aged rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology,.

Bohacek, J. & Daniel, J.M. (2009). Ability of oestradiol administration to regulate protein levels of oestrogen receptor alpha in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of middle-aged rats is altered following long-term ovarian hormone deprivation. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 21: 640–647.

Bohacek, J., Bearl A.M. & Daniel, J.M. (2008). Long-term ovarian hormone deprivation alters the ability of subsequent oestradiol replacement to regulate choline acetyltransferase protein levels in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of middle-aged rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 20: 1023-1027. 

Dr. Daniel's Courses

  • Brain and Behavior PSYC 330 / NSCI 330
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory PSYC 633 / NSCI 633

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 •