Christopher Lowry
Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology

Office: Ramaley N189   
Fax: 303-492-6778

Research Interests


  • 1983-1987, B.A. Hons., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • 1987-1995, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Professional Experience

  • 1995-2002, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Research Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • 2002-2003, Neuroendocrinology Charitable Trust Research Fellow, University Research Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • 2003-2007, Wellcome Trust Intermediate Level Research Fellow, Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • 2007-2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • 2013-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Honors and Awards

  • 1983-1987, University of Wyoming Honors and Scholars Program
  • 1992-1994, National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2002-2003, Research Fellow, Neuroendocrinology Charitable Trust
  • 2003-2007, Research Fellow, The Wellcome Trust
  • 2007, Young Investigator Award, NARSAD
  • 2009-2014, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2010, Young Investigator Award, NARSAD
  • 2011, Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award
  • 2016, University of Colorado Boulder Provost's Faculty Achievement Award (tenured faculty)

Recent Publications

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  • Amritwar AU, Lowry CA, Brenner LA, Hoisington AJ, Hamilton R, Postolache TT. Mental health in allergic rhinitis: Depression and suicidal behavior. Current Treatment Options in Allergy 4: 71, 2017. doi:10.1007/s40521-017-0110-z.
  • Brenner LA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoffberg AS, Penzenik ME, Starosta AJ, Hernandez TD, Hadidi DA, Lowry CA. Growing literature but limited evidence: A systematic review regarding prebiotic and probiotic interventions for those with traumatic brain injury and/or posttraumatic stress disorder. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 65: 57-67, 2017.
  • Fox JH, Hassell JE, Jr., Siebler PH, Arnold MR, Lamb AK, Smith DG, Day HEW, Smith TM, Simmerman EM, Outzen AA, Holmes KS, Brazell CJ, Lowry CA. Preimmunization with a heat-killed preparation of Mycobacterium vaccae enhances fear extinction in the fear-potentiated startle paradigm. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2017.
  • Gould TD, Georgiou P, Brenner LA, Brunin L, Can A, Courtet P, Donaldson ZR, Dwivedi Y, Guillaume S, Gottesman II, Kanekar S, Lowry CA, Renshaw PF, Rujescu D, Smith EG, Turecki G, Zanos P, Zarate Jr CA, Zunszain PA, Postolache TT. Animal models to improve our understanding and treatment of suicidal behavior. Translational Psychiatry 7, e1092, 2017. doi:10.1038/tp.2017.50
  • Hale MW, Lukkes JL, Dady KF, Kelly KJ, Paul ED, Smith DG, Raison CL, Lowry CA. Whole-body hyperthermia and a subthreshold dose of citalopram act synergistically to induce antidepressant-like behavioral responses in adolescent rats. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 79: 162-168, 2017.
  • Hassell JE Jr, Yamashita PSM, Johnson PL, Zangrossi H Jr, Shekhar A, Lowry CA. Stress, panic and central serotonergic inhibition. In: Stress: Neuroendocrinology and Neurobiology. Handbook of Stress, Volume 2, George Fink (Ed), Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 153-164, 2017.
  • Hemmings SMJ, Malan-Muller S, van den Heuvel LL, Demmitt BA, Stanislawski MA, Smith DG, Bohr AD, Stamper CE, Hyde ER, Morton JT, Marotz CA, Siebler PH, Braspenning M, Van CW, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Postolache TT, McQueen MB, Krauter KS, Knight R, Seedat S, Lowry CA. The Microbiome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Exposed Controls: An Exploratory Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 2017.
  • Langgartner D, Peterlik D, Foertsch S, Fuchsl AM, Brokmann P, Flor PJ, Shen Z, Fox JG, Uschold-Schmidt N, Lowry CA, Reber SO. Individual differences in stress vulnerability: the role of gut pathobionts in stress-induced colitis. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 64: 23-32, 2017.
  • Malan-Muller S, Valles-Colomer M, Raes J, Lowry CA, Seedat S, Hemmings SMJ. The Gut Microbiome and Mental Health: Implications for Anxiety- and Trauma-Related Disorders. OMICS 2017.
  • Mathai AJ, Lowry CA, Cook TB, Brenner LA, Brundin L, Groer MW, Peng X, Giegling I, Hartmann AA, Konte B, Friedl M, Fuchs D, Rujescu D, Postolache TT. Reciprocal moderation by Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity and blood phenylalanine - tyrosine ratio of their associations with trait aggression. Pteridines 27: 77-85, 2017.
  • Raheja UK, Fuchs D, Lowry CA, Stephens SH, Pavlovich MA, Mohyuddin H, Yousufi H, Ryan KA, O'Connell J, Brenner LA, Punzalan C, Hoisington AJ, Nijjar GK, Groer M, Shuldiner AR, Pollin TI, Stiller JW, Mitchell BD, Postolache TT. Heritability of plasma neopterin in the Old Order Amish. Journal of Neuroimmunology 307: 37-41, 2017.
  • Stamper CE, Hassell JE Jr, Kapitz AJ, Renner KJ, Orchinik M, Lowry CA. Activation of 5-HT1A receptors in the rat dorsomedial hypothalamus inhibits stress-induced activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Stress 20: 223-230, 2017. doi: 10.1080/10253890.2017.1301426.
  • Yamashita PS, Spiacci A, Jr., Hassel JE, Jr., Lowry CA, Zangrossi H, Jr. Disinhibition of the rat prelimbic cortex promotes serotonergic activation of the dorsal raphe nucleus and panicolytic-like behavioral effects. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2017 Jan 1:269881116684334. doi: 10.1177/0269881116684334. [Epub ahead of print]