Kiran K. Soma

Department of Psychology

Phone: 604 827-5820

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  • B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University, 1992
  • Ph.D. Zoology, University of Washington, 2000

Research Interests

Behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, aging, diet, exercise, immunology

Selected Publications

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Heimovics SA, Ferris JK & Soma KK (2015) Non-invasive administration of 17β-estradiol rapidly increases aggressive behavior in non-breeding, but not breeding, male song sparrows. Hormones and Behavior 69: 31-38.

Taves MD, Plumb AW, Sandkam BA, Ma C, van der Gugten JG, Holmes DT, Close DA, Abraham N* & Soma KK* (2015) Steroid profiling reveals widespread local regulation of glucocorticoid levels during mouse development. Endocrinology 156: 511-522. *co-PIs

Fokidis HB, Adomat HH, Kharmate G, Hosseini-Beheshti E, Guns ES & Soma KK (2015) Regulation of local steroidogenesis in the brain and in prostate cancer: lessons learned from interdisciplinary collaboration. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 36: 108-129.

Fokidis HB, Prior NH & Soma KK (2013) Fasting increases aggression and differentially modulates local and systemic steroid levels in male zebra finches. Endocrinology 154: 4328-4339.

Overk CR, Perez SE, Ma C, Taves MD, Soma KK* & Mufson EJ* (2013) Sex steroid levels and AD-like pathology in 3xTgAD mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 25: 131-144. *co-PIs

Heimovics SA, Prior NH, Maddison CJ & Soma KK (2012) Rapid and widespread effects of 17β-estradiol on intracellular signaling in the male songbird brain: a seasonal comparison. Endocrinology 153: 1364-1376.

Koren L, Ng ESM, Soma KK & Wynne-Edwards KE (2012) Sample preparation and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for multiple steroids in mammalian and avian circulation. PLOS ONE 7(2): e32496.

Taves MD, Ma C, Heimovics SA, Saldanha CJ & Soma KK (2011) Measurement of steroid concentrations in brain tissue: methodological considerations. Frontiers in Endocrinology 2:39.

Taves MD, Gomez-Sanchez CE & Soma KK (2011) Extra-adrenal glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids: evidence for local synthesis, regulation and function. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism 301: 11-24.