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Mary Karom

Lab Supervisor    

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia B.S. 1994 Psychology Cum Laude
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 1996-1998 Psychology – Neuroscience


Biological Assays: RIA’s, ELISA, EIA and Protein Assays
Histology: IHC, Autoradiography, In Situ, Tissue Sectioning
Laboratory Methodology and Procedures
Experimental design and Analysis
Laboratory Safety


Mary has 21 years of research experience she began working at GSU in a Behavioral Endocrinology lab upon her graduation using a hamster model studying circadian rhythm and social behaviors such as aggression and mating as a Laboratory Technician for 2 years prior to attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming.

In Wyoming Mary studied in a lab using a Rat model to investigate satiety mechanisms in the brain. She optimized an IHC protocol (c-fos) for rat tissue in that lab. She also worked as a part time Research Assistant for a Professor in the School of Nursing compiling behavioral information for a study on teens with Diabetes. In the second year Mary studied in a Cognitive Neuroscience lab working on her thesis investigating female steroid hormone effects during the menstrual cycle on working memory. She also mentored a McNair Scholar undergraduate working on her thesis. During the summer she worked as a Laboratory Technician in Animal Science doing RIA’s and electrophoresis expanding her skills in the laboratory.

Mary developed her teaching and training skills as a graduate TA in the following classes; Research Methods, Introduction to Psychology, Psychobiology and Physiology Psychology which she also wrote a lab manual. After completing 2 years of course work and a thesis she left Wyoming due to family reasons prior to completing her Master’s defense.

Mary returned to GSU as a Research Coordinator II for 5 years, promoted to a Laboratory Supervisor for 8 years in the same Endocrinology Lab. She managed daily functions of the lab, training technicians, and students, presented posters at SFN and SBN as well as collaborating on experiments in various areas of research. In 2010 Mary began working for the Neuroscience Institute to develop the Neuroscience Core Facility. Core facility website for further information

Mary also serves on GSU Radiation Safety Committee and Neuroscience Research and Facility Committee.


Analgesia for early-life pain prevents deficits in adult anxiety and stress in rats.
Victoria NC, Karom MC, Murphy AZ.
Dev Neurosci. 2015;37(1):1-13.doi: 10.1159/000366273. Epub 2014 Nov 12.

Neonatial Injury rapidly alters markers of pain and stress in rat pups.
Victoria NC, Karom MC, Eichenbaum H, Murphy AZ.
Dev Neurobiol.2014 Jan;74(1):42-51. Doi:10.1002/dneu.22129.Epub 2013 Oct 17

Seasonal regulation of social communication by photoperiod and testosterone: effects of arginine-vasopressin, serotonin and galanin in the medial preoptic area-anterior hypothalamus.
Gutzler SJ, Karom M, Erwin WD, Albers HE.
Behav Brain Res. 2011 Jan 1;216(1):214-9. Epub 2010 Aug 7.
PMID: 20696187 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Arginine-vasopressin and the regulation of aggression in female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).
Gutzler SJ, Karom M, Erwin WD, Albers HE.
Eur J Neurosci. 2010 May;31(9):1655-63.
PMID: 20525078 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Photoperiodic regulation of adrenal hormone secretion and aggression in female Syrian hamsters.
Gutzler SJ, Karom M, Erwin WD, Albers HE.
Horm Behav. 2009 Oct;56(4):481-9. Epub 2009 Aug 27.
PMID: 19716370 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

Gonadal hormones modulate the display of conditioned defeat in male Syrian hamsters.
Solomon MB, Karom MC, Norvelle A, Markham CA, Erwin WD, Huhman KL.
Horm Behav. 2009 Oct;56(4):423-8. Epub 2009 Aug 3.
PMID: 19651128 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

Interactions of GABA A receptor activation and light on period mRNA expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
Ehlen JC, Novak CM, Karom MC, Gamble KL, Albers HE.
J Biol Rhythms. 2008 Feb;23(1):16-25.
PMID: 18258754 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Sex and estrous cycle differences in the display of conditioned defeat in Syrian hamsters.
Solomon MB, Karom MC, Huhman KL.
Horm Behav. 2007 Aug;52(2):211-9. Epub 2007 Apr 24.
PMID: 17555756 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

GABAA receptor activation suppresses Period 1 mRNA and Period 2 mRNA in the suprachiasmatic nucleus during the mid-subjective day.
Ehlen JC, Novak CM, Karom MC, Gamble KL, Paul KN, Albers HE.
Eur J Neurosci. 2006 Jun;23(12):3328-36.
PMID: 16820022 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Social interactions tune aggression and stress responsiveness in a territorial cichlid fish (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus).
Earley RL, Edwards JT, Aseem O, Felton K, Blumer LS, Karom M, Grober MS.
Physiol Behav. 2006 Jul 30;88(4-5):353-63. Epub 2006 May 24.
PMID: 16723141 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Paradoxical effects of NPY in the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
Gamble KL, Paul KN, Karom MC, Tosini G, Albers HE.
Eur J Neurosci. 2006 May;23(9):2488-94.
PMID: 16706855 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Role of V1a vasopressin receptors in the control of aggression in Syrian hamsters.
Albers HE, Dean A, Karom MC, Smith D, Huhman KL.
Brain Res. 2006 Feb 16;1073-1074:425-30. Epub 2006 Jan 30.
PMID: 16445890 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Food competition and social experience effects on V1a receptor binding in the forebrain of male Long-Evans hooded rats.
Askew A, Gonzalez FA, Stahl JM, Karom MC.
Horm Behav. 2006 Mar;49(3):328-36. Epub 2005 Sep 9.
PMID: 16154572 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist DNQX blocks the acute increase of Per2 mRNA levels in most but not all areas of the SCN.
Paul KN, Fukuhara C, Karom M, Tosini G, Albers HE.
Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2005 Sep 13;139(1):129-36.
PMID: 15963600 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Repeated agonistic encounters in hamsters modulate AVP V1a receptor binding.
Cooper MA, Karom M, Huhman KL, Albers HE.
Horm Behav. 2005 Dec;48(5):545-51. Epub 2005 Jun 1.
PMID: 15935353 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

The neurobehavioral effects of phytoestrogens in male Syrian hamsters.
Moore TO, Karom M, O’Farrell L.
Brain Res. 2004 Jul 30;1016(1):102-10.
PMID: 15234258 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Serotonin and vasopressin interact in the hypothalamus to control communicative behavior.
Albers HE, Karom M, Smith D.
Neuroreport. 2002 May 24;13(7):931-3.
PMID: 12004193 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Conversion of testosterone to estradiol may not be necessary for the expression of mating behavior in male Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).
Cooper TT, Clancy AN, Karom M, Moore TO, Albers HE.
Horm Behav. 2000 May;37(3):237-45.
PMID: 10868487 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Role of the central amygdala in social communication in Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).
Bamshad M, Karom M, Pallier P, Albers HE.
Brain Res. 1997 Jan 2;744(1):15-22.
PMID: 9030408 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Glutamate and vasopressin interact to control scent marking in Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).
Bamshad M, Cooper TT, Karom M, Albers HE.
Brain Res. 1996 Aug 26;731(1-2):213-6.
PMID: 8883873 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Ovarian hormones alter the behavioral response of the medial preoptic anterior hypothalamus to arginine-vasopressin.
Albers HE, Karom M, Whitman DC.
Peptides. 1996;17(8):1359-63.

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