Benjamin Nephew, Ph.D., received the Junior Faculty Research Award at the Cummings School’s 24th Veterinary Student Research Day earlier this month. The newly created award, funded by private donations, recognizes a junior faculty who is making excellent progress in establishing independent research programs.
Nephew, AG03, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is currently studying the relationship between social stress and the neurobiology of depression using a rat model. The work is funded by a five-year National Institutes of Health grant. His latest research, “Eﬀects of early life social stress on endocrinology, maternal behavior, and lactation in rats,” was recently published in the September issue of Hormones and Behavior.
“Ben has made a number of important research findings and has grown significantly as a scientist and researcher. His research has translational potential and may lead to more effective preventive measures and treatments for depression and anxiety in mothers as well as subsequent generations,” said Professor of Biomedical Sciences Robert Bridges, Ph.D., Nephew’s postdoctoral mentor at the Cummings School.
Nephew has presented his research at national and international meetings, and has established research collaborations with other scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. and Mount Sinai Medical Center. In 2012, he was awarded a Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute grant to study potential autism-related social deficits in the offspring of socially stressed maternal rats.
He joined the Cummings School in 2009 as an assistant research professor after completing postdoctoral positions at Northeastern University and Tufts University.