Marc J Tetel, PHD

Associate Professor
Wellesley College
Neuroscience Program

Biographical Sketch:
Marc Tetel received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. After taking some time to travel abroad, he entered a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Working with Dr. Jeff Blaustein, he studied how estradiol and progesterone act in the brain to regulate female reproductive behavior in rats. For his postdoctoral research, Dr. Tetel studied molecular mechanisms of progestin receptor action with Dr. Dean Edwards at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. During this post-doc in molecular endocrinology, Dr. Tetelís research investigated the function of nuclear receptor coactivators in progestin receptor function. After working with a number of undergraduates during his graduate and post-doc training, Dr. Tetel decided he wanted a faculty position involving teaching and research with undergraduates at a selective liberal arts college. He is now an Associate Professor at Wellesley College in the Neuroscience Program and a member of the Biological Chemistry Program. Dr. Tetelís lab studies molecular mechanisms of estrogen and progestin receptor action in the rodent brain, with a focus on the function of nuclear receptor coactivators in hormone-dependent gene expression in brain and behavior. His lab was one of the first to show that nuclear receptor coactivators are important in estrogen receptor transcriptional activity in brain and in the modulation of hormone-dependent behaviors. Recently his NIH-funded lab has taken a proteomics-based approach to investigate protein-protein interactions between steroid receptors and nuclear receptor coactivators from brain. Dr. Tetel teaches biology and neuroscience courses, including an upper-level neuroendocrinology course and lab. Dr. Tetel is a member of the Endocrine Society, Society for Neuroscience, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.
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