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Nancy Wayne

University of California los Angeles
United States of America


Nancy L. Wayne is a reproductive neuroendocrinologist who joined the Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine in 1992. She became Full Professor of Physiology in 2005. Dr. Wayne earned her B.A. in Biology at Northwestern University in Evanston and her Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia, where she worked on environmental regulation of reproduction. Since arriving at UCLA, Dr. Wayne has been an active member of the Laboratory for Neuroendocrinology in the Brain Research Institute. Dr. Wayne's laboratory research is focused on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms by which neuroendocrine cells respond to internal and external signals, and how these neurophysiological responses influence reproductive behaviors. 

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Dr. Wayne created and leads WOMEN ADVANCING TOGETHER workshops for for professionals, students and trainees, and administrators to help women overcome barriers in their careers. These are practical, goal-oriented, problem-solving experiences that leave participants energized and empowered to address the challenges of their daily lives. For more information, including Dr. Wayne's blogs on topics of interest to women working in a man's world, go to:


  • Zhao Y, Wayne NL Recording electrical activity from identified neurons in the intact brain of transgenic fish J Vis Exp, 2013; 70: e50312.

  • Zhao Y, Lin MC, Farajzadeh M, Wayne NL Early development of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuronal network in transgenic zebrafish Front Endocrinol (Lausanne), 2013; 4: 107.

  • Zhao Y, Lin MC, Mock A, Yang M, Wayne NL Kisspeptins modulate the biology of multiple populations of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons during embryogenesis and adulthood in zebrafish (Danio rerio) PLoS ONE, 2014; 9(8): e104330.

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