Rebecca Lynn Cunningham, PhD

Rebecca Cunningham, PhD

Associate Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research interests:Pharmacology & Neuroscience

Through her lab work, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham studies the role of steroid hormones, specifically androgens, during aging. Most of her team’s research has been focused on androgen signaling mechanisms and defining the effects of androgens on central nervous system function.

One of Dr. Cunningham’s long-term research goals is to determine how development and aging alters steroid hormonal responses in the central nervous system. In pursuing this goal, Dr. Cunningham and team use in vitro, in vivo, and clinical approaches to understand the how androgens affect brain function.

It is hoped that this research will expand the understanding of how steroid hormones in the brain participate in aging. At the same time, she seeks to gain new insights that can lead to a better understanding of the role of gender in central nervous system disorders.

Dr. Cunningham has received numerous grants and contracts in pharmacology and neuroscience. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and serves on the editorial review boards of the prestigious journals Endocrinology and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Neurobiology, University Of Texas at San Antonio

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Truman State University


Honors:2014 – Endocrine Daily Briefing April 18, 2014. Study Suggests Older White Men Considering TRT Should First Have Homocysteine Levels Checked

2013 – Neuroscience 2013’s “Hot Topic” pool of newsworthy research, “Oxidative stress and testosterone in aging men and women: Role in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration”, Society for Neuroscience

2012 – Mentor for the Trainee Finalist for the Presidential Poster competition, Endocrine Society

2012 – Invited panelist on Sex Dependence, Cayman Peptide Conference X

2012 – Invited author to participate in the Special Issue on “Membrane Steroid Receptors in Neuroendocrinology” in the journal Neuroendocrinology

2012 – Invited author to participate in the special issue on "Puberty and Adolescence," Hormones and Behavior