Gretchen Neigh, PhD

Executive Committee Member


Associate Professor

Anatomy and Neurobiology


Dr. Neigh attended Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.  Shortly after graduation she began work on her doctorate in neuroscience at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Neigh first trained with John Bruno, Ph.D. and Martin Sarter, Ph.D. studying the role of dopamine-glutamate interactions in the nucleus accumbens in modulation of acetylcholine release in the prefrontal cortex.  Dr. Neigh finished her Ph.D. training in the laboratories of A. Courtney DeVries, Ph.D. and Randy J. Nelson, Ph.D. studying behavioral psychoneuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, and cerebral vascular biology.  After completion of her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to complete an NIH funded training grant in endocrinology with a focus on developmental neurobiology under the guidance of Paul Plotsky, Ph.D.  Dr. Neigh was then awarded a postdoctoral NRSA to study the link between cardiovascular disease and depression with Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.  During her postdoctoral years, Dr. Neigh was also accepted into the NIH funded Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program and awarded a Cottrell Postdoctoral Fellows Award. 

Dr. Neigh is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Emory University School of Medicine and a member of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.  Dr. Neigh’s research uses animal models to provide insight into the role of cerebral vascular and metabolic compromise in the generation of affective and cognitive disorders. Her work focuses on periods of increased plasticity and susceptibility to insults such as adolescence and late life.  The work in Dr. Neigh’s lab is multidisciplinary and attends to the interplay among the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems.  In addition, her work spans multiple levels of analysis from assessment and manipulation of gene expression, to imaging in rodents, to behavioral analysis. 

Dr. Neigh has received funding from the National Alliance for the Study of Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Mental Health.  In addition to her research program, Dr. Neigh performs a variety of services for Emory University including:  Executive Committee member for the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program, Executive Committee member for the Office of Postdoctoral Education, workgroup member for the Imagining America Academic Learning Community through the Office of University-Community Partnerships, and organizer of the Physiology Department seminar series.  Dr. Neigh also serves as a research mentor for undergraduates through Emory College and Spelman College.