Casey Henley, PhD
How did you become interested in neuroscience?
I first became interested in neuroscience when I was in junior high and my younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy.
What was the academic/professional path you had to take to get here?
After high school, I enrolled at Michigan State as a Human Biology and Zoology undergraduate. As a freshman, I began working in a neuroscience research lab and continued as an undergraduate research assistant in a few different labs. I ended up studying the effects of hormones on behavior and decided to continue on with that line of research in graduate school. I received my PhD from MSU in 2008. I continued in research, completing two post-doc positions in neuroscience labs at MSU.
What were your research interests?
In my last lab, my research examined how gonadal hormones affect the brain and behavior, specifically trying to determine which effects are mediated by the androgen receptor (AR). Using a Cre-Lox mouse model in which AR is knocked out of muscle fibers, I examined the role of AR in the survival and maintenance of the spinal nucleus of the bulbocavernosus (SNB) motoneuron system. I was both validating the animal model for our experiments and investigating how testosterone action in the muscle fibers affects the SNB system.
What is your current position?
I am now the Director of Online Programs and Faculty Outreach Co-coordinator in the Neuroscience Program at MSU. I teach online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, direct the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Certificate Program, and help organize the many outreach events we run each year.