Gerald D. Griffin, Ph.D
Location: Armstrong Hall 104
Office Phone: 334-727-8829

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Gerald D. Griffin is a neurovirologist.  His research interests focus on the reciprocal interactions between neurotropic viruses and neurons.  He received the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in 2009 where he concentrated in neuroendocrinology.  He completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Microbiology at UPENN where he focused on how Herpes Simplex Virus Type I alters neuronal gene expression.  Presently, Dr. Griffin leads the neurovirology laboratory at Tuskegee.  Here, he aims to dissect neural modifications induced by HSV-1 infection as well as to look at how neuropeptides regulate HSV-1 replication.

Research Fields:


  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type I Latency in Sensory Neurons
  • Reciprocal interactions between nervous system and viruses
  • Role of neurotropic viruses in brain tumors
  • Neurovirology, Behavioral neuroscience


  • Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Department of Pharmacal Sciences, Auburn University


1. Griffin GD, Flanagan-Cato LM. Ovarian hormone action in the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus: remodelling to regulate reproduction. J Neuroendocrinology. 23:465-71. 2011.

2. Griffin GD, Ferri-Kolwicz S, Reyes BAS, Van Bockstaele EJ, Flanagan-Cato LM.  Ovarian hormone-induced reorganization of oxytocin-labeled dendrites and synapses lateral to the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus in female rats. J. Comp. Neurol. 518: 4531-45. 2010.

3. Griffin GD, Flanagan-Cato LM. Sex differences in the dendritic arbor of hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus neurons. Physiol Behav. 97:151-6. 2009.

4. Griffin GD, Flanagan-Cato LM.  Estradiol and progesterone differentially regulate the dendritic arbor of neurons in the hypothalamic ventromedial nucleus of the female rat (Rattus norvegicus).  J. Comp. Neurol. 510:631-40. 2008.

5. Flanagan-Cato LM, Calizo LH, Griffin GD, Lee BJ, Whisner SY. Sexual behaviour induced the expression of activity-regulated cytoskeletal protein (ARC) and modifies neuronal morphology in the female rat ventromedial hypothalamus.  J. Neuroendocrinology. 18:857-64.  2006.

6. Jha SK, Jones BE, Coleman T, Steinmetz N, Law C-T, Griffin G, Hawk J, Dabbish N, Kalatsky V, Frank MG. Sleep-dependent plasticity requires cortical activity. J. Neurosci. 25: 9266-74.  2005.