Pei-San Tsai

Integrative Physiology; Member of the Center for Neuroscience

Department of Integrative Physiology
N122 Ramaley
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0334

Voice: 303-735-1877
FAX: 303-492-0811

Dr. Pei-San Tsai is a professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her B.S. from Texas A&M University, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Tsai's research focuses on the evolution of the structure and function of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a neurohormone that is central to the initiation and maintenance of reproduction in vertebrates, and the development of a small population of neurons that synthesize GnRH. Current efforts involve the utilization of molecular, cellular, and physiological techniques and various vertebrate and invertebrate models to study the biology of GnRH.

Selected Publications:

Kavanaugh SI, Tsai P-S. Functional authentication of a novel gastropod gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor reveals unusual features and evolutionary insight. PLoS One 11: e0160292, 2016.

Miller AV, Kavanaugh SI, Tsai P-S. Disruption of the suprachiasmatic nucleus in fibroblast growth factor signaling-deficient mice. Fronters in Endocrinology 7: 11, 1-8, 2016.

Plachetzki DC, Tsai P-S, Kavanaugh SI, Sower SA. Ancient origins of metazoan gonadotropinreleasing hormone and their receptors revealed by phylogenomic analyses. General and Comparative Endocrinology 234: 10-19, 2016.

Zhang W, Johnson JI, Tsai P-S. Fgf8-deficient mice compensate for reduced GnRH neuronal population and exhibit normal testicular function. Frontiers in Endocrinology 6:151, 1-8, 2015.