Dr. Patricia C. Lopes

Dr. Patricia C. Lopes

Assistant Professor
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Expertise: Behavior; Sociality; Physiology; Neuroendocrinology; RFID; Disease;
Office Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering 264
Phone: (714) 516-5882
Scholarly Works:
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University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.


Research Interests

Dr. Lopes is interested in understanding the causes and consequences of animal social behavior, with an emphasis on disease transmission. Her research integrates several levels of biological organization, including genes, hormones, the brain, the individual, and ultimately the dynamics of a whole social group. In her work, Dr. Lopes combines field and laboratory manipulations, and makes use of behavioral sensors and tracking technology, as well as a range of molecular and histological techniques.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Patricia C. Lopes, Susannah S. French, Douglas C. Woodhams and Sandra A. Binning (2022) Infection avoidance behaviors across vertebrate taxa: patterns, process, and future directions. In: Ezenwa VO, Altizer S, Hall RJ, editors. Animal Behavior and Parasitism. Oxford University Press, 2022. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192895561.003.0014
Patricia C. Lopes (2022) Anticipating infection: how parasitism risk changes animal physiology. Functional Ecology 00:1–10.
Brenna M.G. Gormally, Patricia C. Lopes (2023) The effect of infection risk on female blood transcriptomics. General and Comparative Endocrinology 330:114139
Patricia C. Lopes, Brenna M. Gormally, Aubrey Emmi*, Delilah Schuermann*, Chathuni Liyanage*, Ursula K. Battie, Michael Romero (2022) Maternal responses in the face of infection risk. Integrative and Comparative Biology icac082.
Brenna M. Gormally, Kaelynn Bridgette*, Aubrey Emmi*, Delilah Schuermann*, Patricia C. Lopes (2022) Female presence does not increase testosterone but still ameliorates sickness behaviors in male Japanese quail. Royal Society Open Science 9:220450.
Aubrey Emmi*, Delilah Schuerman*, Brenna Gormally, Patricia C. Lopes (2021) Sickness behavior: What’s T got to do with it? Integrative and Comparative Biology. 61, E1108-E1109
Patricia C. Lopes and Robert de Bruijn (2021) Neurotranscriptomic changes associated with chick-directed parental care in adult non-reproductive Japanese quail. Scientific Reports 11:1-11
Patricia C. Lopes, Susannah S. French, Douglas C. Woodhams and Sandra A. Binning (2021) Sickness behaviors across vertebrate taxa: proximate and ultimate mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Biology 224:jeb225847
Robert de Bruijn, Edena Khoshaba*, Faith Holloway*, Patricia C. Lopes (2020) HPA-axis functioning and parental care in Japanese quail. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 60, E308-E308.
Faith Holloway*, Robert de Bruijn, Edena Khoshaba*, Patricia C. Lopes (2020) Neurogenomic changes during the transition to parental care in virgin Japanese quail. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 60, E346-E346.
Patricia C. Lopes, Esther Carlitz, Morgan Kindel*, Barbara König (2020) Immune-endocrine links to gregariousness in wild house mice. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 14:10.
Patricia C. Lopes (2020) We are not alone in trying to be alone. (2020) Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8:172
Robert de Bruijn, Edena Khoshaba*, Faith Holloway* and Patricia C. Lopes (2020) Baseline corticosterone is associated with parental care in virgin Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Hormones and Behavior 124:104781
Patricia C. Lopes and Barbara König (2020) Wild mice with different social network sizes differ in brain gene expression. BMC Genomics 21:506
Patricia C. Lopes and Anna K. Lindholm (2020) A selfish genetic element linked to increased lifespan impacts metabolism in female house mice. Journal of Experimental Biology 223:jeb212704.
Can Peripheral Immunity of Healthy Animals Affect Social Behavior? M Kindel, B Konig, PC Lopes INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 59, E348-E348
Why do We Feel Sick When Infected? PC Lopes INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 59, E140-E140
How to tackle the childcare–conference conundrum RM Calisi, a Working Group of Mothers in Science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 201803153
No evidence for kin protection in the expression of sickness behaviors in house mice BK PC Lopes, P Block, A Pontiggia, AK Lindholm Scientific Reports 8, 16682
Oxytocin administration during early pair formation delays communal nursing in female house mice N Harrison, PC Lopes, B König. Animal Behaviour 123, 61-68
Why are behavioral and immune traits linked? PC Lopes Hormones and behavior 88, 52-59
Infection-induced behavioural changes reduce connectivity and the potential for disease spread in wild mice contact networks PC Lopes, P Block, B König. Scientific reports 6
Choosing a healthy mate: sexually attractive traits as reliable indicators of current disease status in house mice PC Lopes, B König. Animal Behaviour 111, 119-126
Oxytocin and social preference in female house mice (Mus musculus domesticus) N Harrison, PC Lopes, B König. Ethology 122 (7), 571-581
LPS and neuroinflammation: a matter of timing PC Lopes. Inflammopharmacology 24 (5), 291-293
A system for automatic recording of social behavior in a free-living wild house mouse population B König, AK Lindholm, PC Lopes, A Dobay, S Steinert, FJU Buschmann. Animal Biotelemetry 3 (1), 39
A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones: Cheliferidae) in southern Africa MS Harvey, PC Lopes, GR Goldsmith, A Halajian, MJ Hillyer, JA Huey. Invertebrate systematics 29 (5), 444-456
When is it socially acceptable to feel sick? PC Lopes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 (1788), 20140218
Increased activity correlates with reduced ability to mount immune defenses to endotoxin in zebra finches. Lopes PC, Springthorpe D, Bentley GE. 2014. Journal of Experimental Zoology 321A:422–431.