Karen Crosby

Associate Professor
Flemington Rm. 11
Office hours
Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.


Crosby KM, Bains JS, and Pittman QJ.  Postsynaptic depolarization enhances GABA drive to dorsomedial hypothalamic neurons through somatodendritic cholecystokinin release.  Journal of Neuroscience. Under review.

Crosby KM and Bains JS.  The intricate link between glucocorticoids and endocannabinoids at stress-relevant synapses in the hypothalamus.  Neuroscience.  2012; 204: 31-7.

Crosby KM*, Inoue, W*, Pittman QJ and Bains JS.  Endocannabinoids gate state-dependent plasticity of synaptic inhibition in feeding circuits.  Neuron.  2011; 71(3): 529-41. *These authors contributed equally to this work. **Comment: Younts and Castillo, Neuron, 2011.


B.Sc      Mount Allison University

M.Sc      University of Prince Edward Island

Ph.D      University of Calgary


Biology 1001 - Foundations of Biology, Fall

Biology 3211 - Human Physiology, Winter

Biology 4211 - Endocrinology, Winter



Neurobiology of appetite

Impact of stress on feeding circuitry in the brain

Endocannabinoid and nitric oxide signaling and regulation of food intake in the rat

Role of the dorsomedial hypothalamus in integrating satiety and stress signals

Grants, awards & honours

J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award, Faculty of Science, 2013-2014