Serdia Mack

Serdia Mack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Office: Seely G. Mudd Bldg., Suite: 333
Office Telephone: 202-806-9708
Laboratory: NPG Adams Room 2508D
Laboratory Telephone: 202-806-4513


B.A., University of Louisville, 1977 
M.S., Tuskegee University, 1981
Ph.D., Clemson University, 1985
Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon National Primate Research Center 1986-1988
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 1988-1990


Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology


Neuroendocrine Control of Breathing
Hypothalamic Regulation of Food Motivation/Reward

Grants and Funding Awards

NIH R01- Hypothalamic Control of Energy Expenditure and Breathing
U54- Neurochemical Organization of Central Chemosensory Neurons

Neuroendocrine Control of Breathing.

The laboratory of Serdia O. Mack, Ph.D., focuses on the role of the endocrine system in modulating how we breathe in response to physiologic stress.  We are looking at major neuronal pathways in the hypothalamus of the brain that control both the endocrine system and food intake, and how these neuronal circuits regulate respiratory drive and blood pressure. Our laboratory uses neuroanatomical tracings, imaging modalities and integrative physiological techniques to map hypothalamic pathways and to identify the neurotransmitters that are involved in regulating respiratory patterns in normal and obesity-related disease states. We are also interested in examining the capacity of the hypothalamic neurons and neural networks to change their connections and behavior in response to chronic stress.   Our research is expected to serve as a basis for understanding and designing new evidence-based therapeutic strategies that can reduce or alleviate severe cardiopulmonary consequences of respiratory disorders.