Name: Shannon B. Z. Stephens
Mentor: Alexander S.Kauffman
Academic Affiliation: University of California, San Diego, California, USA
Shannon is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman’s lab in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Shannon began her career in endocrinology in Dr. Kim Wallen’s lab at Emory University, studying behavioral endocrinology in nonhuman primates. Shannon’s graduate study research focused on the role of the amygdala in puberty onset, stress, and social behavior. Her PhD research was the first to demonstrate a role of the amygdala in the timing of puberty onset in nonhuman primates and was selected as a “Hot Topic” presentation at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting (2013). Upon completion of her PhD, Shannon was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to join Dr. Kauffman’s lab to pursue her research interests examining how the brain regulates reproduction. Shannon’s postdoctoral research has resulted in several publications, which examine the regulation of kisspeptin neurons in the hypothalamus and the amygdala, and she was awarded an NIH F32 grant to continue her research on amygdala kisspeptin neurons. Shannon was recently recognized for her research contributions and was awarded a Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award (2016).
Outside of the lab, Shannon is an avid dog lover and volunteers with a local dog rescue, helping homeless dogs in southern California find homes.