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L. Christie Rockwell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Email: Christie.Rockwell@temple.edu
Office telephone: 215-204-8738
Laboratory telephone: 215-204-3464

I am broadly interested in the evolution of human female reproductive function, human anatomy and physiology, coding regions of the genome involved in reproductive physiological functioning, and life history theory. I focus in particular on research in ovarian and uterine functioning and have an interest in the impact of "stress" and other environmental factors on female reproduction. My lab facilities include histology, DNA and RNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing. I welcome inquires from prospective graduate students.

BA, Anthropology, Kenyon College.  MA, Anthropology, California State University Hayward.  PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of California Davis.  NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. 


Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology; Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproduction; Primate Behavior.

Faculty Mentor to undergraduate student recipients of Temple University Undergraduate Peer Teaching Award, 2007, 2009. Project: Supervised Peer Teaching in Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology. Award amount: $2750 per student.

Faculty Mentor to undergraduate student recipient of Temple University Undergraduate Research incentive Award, 2005-2006. Project Title: Global Distribution of Human Progesterone Receptor Gene Polymorphisms. Award amount: $1400

Faculty Mentor to undergraduate student recipient of Temple University Diamond Research Scholarship, 2003. Project Title: Dexamethasone modulation of Bcl-2 gene expression in the rat ovary. Award amount: $2750.


2010 Program Committee Member, Human Biology Association.

Graduate students:

Elizabeth J. Rowe. Ms. Rowe holds a BS in chemistry from Emory University. She is studying a common, functionally significant, genetic variant of the human progesterone receptor and its direct and indirect impact on uterine functioning. She is funded by the NSF and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Elizabeth McGinsky. Ms. McGinsky holds a BA in Anthropology from Rutgers University. She is interested in life history theory and is currently developing a project in Chile.

Selected publications:

In Prep. Rockwell LC, Arnson K, Rowe EJ, Jackson F, Froment A, Ndumbe P, Seck B, Jackson R, Lorenz JG. Worldwide distribution of allelic variation at the progesterone receptor locus and the incidence of female reproductive cancers.

2009 Rockwell LC and Koos RD. Dexamethasone enhances fertility and preovulatory serum prolactin levels in eCG/hCG primed, immature rats. Journal of Reproduction and Development 55: 247-25.

2006 Rockwell LC, Dempsey EC, Moore LG. Chronic hypoxia diminishes the proliferative response of guinea pig uterine artery vascular smooth muscle cells in vitro. J High Alt Med Biol 7(3): 237-244.

2006 Rockwell, LC. Book Review. Grandmotherhood: The Evolutionary Significance of the Second Half of Female Life, Eckart Voland, Athanasios Chasiotis, and Wulf Schiefenhoel eds. American Anthropologist 108 (3): 624-625.

2006 Koos RD and Rockwell LC. The Microvasculature of the Endometrium. In Microvascular Research: Biology and Pathology, (D Shepiro, ed.), Academic Press/Elsevier: San Diego. Pp. 58- 94.

2004 Rockwell, LC. Book Review. On Fertile Ground: A Natural History of Reproduction by Peter T. Ellison. Human Biology 76:947-951.

2003 Rockwell LC, Vargas E, Moore LG. Human physiological adaptation to pregnancy: inter- and intraspecific perspectives. American Journal of Human Biology 15:330-341.

2002 Rockwell LC, Pillai S, Olson CE, and Koos RD. Inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular permeability factor blocks estrogen-induced uterine edema and implantation in rodents. Biology of Reproduction 67:1804-1810.

2000 Rockwell LC, Keyes LE, and Moore LG. Chronic hypoxia diminishes pregnancy-associated DNA synthesis in guinea pig uteroplacental arteries. Placenta, 21:313-319.

1999 Pillai S, Rockwell LC, Sherwood OD, and Koos RD. Relaxin stimulates uterine edema via activation of estrogen receptors: Blockade of its effects using ICI 182,780, a specific estrogen receptor antagonist. Endocrinology, 140: 2426-2429.

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