Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Phyllis Mann

Associate Professor

Section of Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology

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  • PhD - City University of New York -1987
  • MA - Queens College - 1985
  • BA - Queens College - 1973
  1. Mann, P.E. (2014) Gene expression profiling during pregnancy in rat brain tissue. Brain Sciences, 4, 125-135.
  2. Mazor-Thomas, J., Mann, P.E.; Karas, A.Z., & Tseng, F. (2014) Pain-suppressed behaviors in red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 152, 83-91.
  3. Mann PE and Gervais KJ:  Environmental Enrichment Delays Pup-Induced Maternal Behavior in Rats. Developmental Psychobiology,2011, 53,371-82.
  4. Mann PE. (2006) Finasteride delays the onset of maternal behavior in primigravid rats. Physiology & Behavior, 88, 333-338.
  5. Mann, P.E. & Babb, J. A. (2005) Neural steroid hormone receptor gene expression in pregnant rats. Molecular Brain Research,142, 39-46.
  6. Mann, P.E. & Babb, J.A. (2004) Disinhibition of maternal behavior following neurotoxic lesions of the hypothalamus in primigravid rats. Brain Research, 1025, 51-58.
  7. Mann, P.E. & Bridges, R.S. (2002) Prolactin receptor gene expression in the forebrain of pregnant and lactating rats. Molecular Brain Research, 105, 136-135.
  8. Mann, P.E., Foltz, G., Rigero, B., & Bridges, R.S. (1999) The development of POMC gene expression in male and female juvenile rats. Developmental Brain Research, 116, 21-28.
  9. Mann, P.E., Rubin, B.S., & Bridges, R.S. (1997) Differential proopiomelanocortin gene expression in the medial basal hypothalamus of rats during pregnancy and lactation. Molecular Brain Research, 46, 9-16.

General Research Interests

Neurobiology of maternal behavior in rats.  Dr. Mann is studying the involvement of the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) in the regulation of maternal behavior in rats. She is using and will use behavioral, molecular, and tract-tracing techniques to identify the central (brain) mechanisms that inhibit the onset of maternal behavior.

Selected Research Projects

  • The Involvement of the VMH in Maternal Behavior in Rats.
  • Hormone Receptor Silencing in the Study of Maternal Behavior.
  • Evaluation of Environmental Enrichment and Pup Exposure on Maternal Behavior Sensitization Latencies in Virgin Female Rats.


D.V.M. Program:

  • Small Animal Gross Anatomy (101)
  • Veterinary Developmental Biology (104)

Graduate Program, TCSVM:

  • Hands-on Biostatistics MS CBS (653), MS LAM (553)
  • Quantitative Methods MAPP (506)

PhD Program, TCSVM:

  • Hands-on Biostatistics (653)

Research Interests by Area

Reproductive Biology and Neuroscience
  • Regulation of maternal behaviors in rats

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Gamma counter
  • Cryostats
  • Microscopes
  • Behavioral Apparatus