Karen Scott

Karen Scott, Ph.D., M.S.

Research Assistant Professor

Department: Pharmacodynamics
Business Phone: (352) 294-8965
Business Email: karen.scott@cop.ufl.edu

About Karen Scott

Karen A. Scott, Ph.D., received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University. After briefly working for the USDA, Dr. Scott joined the laboratory of Dr. Timothy H. Moran at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, she performed research investigating how the brain controlled feeding and metabolism. Subsequently, Dr. Scott completed her doctoral training within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Randall R. Sakai. Her research focused on early life stress and its influence on stress susceptibility and social behavior in adulthood, as well as the effects of chronic social stress and early life manipulations on metabolism. Dr. Scott was awarded a competitive Ruth L. Kirchstein F31 Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health that supported her doctoral studies. Following her Ph.D., she moved to University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. John F. Cryan. There, she studied the gut-brain axis, and the role that the gut microbiota plays in mediating this bi-directional communication. Dr. Scott joined University of Florida College of Pharmacy in spring 2018 as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacodynamics. The goal of her research at University of Florida is to continue to investigate stress vulnerability and resilience and the role of the gut-brain-microbiota axis, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that includes behavioral, molecular, immunological, and neuroanatomical approaches.

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-4133-423X

Publications

2012 Current obesity reports
2011 The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience
2011 American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism
2010 American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology
2009 The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience
2005 American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology

Grants

Feb 2020 ACTIVE
Interrogating stress-relieving neural circuits to alleviate cardiovascular disease
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI ·

Education

Ph.D.
2012 · University of Cincinnati
M.S.
2000 · Purdue University
B.A.
1997 · The Pennsylvania State University

Contact Details

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Business:
(352) 294-8965
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