Ryan Post

Assistant Professor

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Science Complex LL37


Ph.D. - Neurobiology Cornell University

Brief Biography:

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Providence College, where I recently joined the faculty in Fall 2023. My research focuses on how coherent behaviors emerge when multiple survival needs are in conflict, and how hypothalamic circuits coordinate these priorities. My lab uses a combination of behavioral, neurophysiological, and anatomical approaches to investigate these and other questions. As one of the faculty for Providence College's growing Neuroscience program, I currently teach Introduction to Neuroscience and Behavioral Neuroscience and am looking forward to developing new courses for our Psychology and Neuroscience majors.

Area(s) of Expertise:

My area of expertise is behavioral and systems neuroscience, and within that broad field my research focuses on the neural circuits that underlie motivated behavior. I am particularly interested in how circuits in the hypothalamus sense the body’s need state drive behavior when multiple needs are in conflict.

Teaching Philosophy:

My overarching goal when teaching or mentoring students is always the same: to create a welcoming yet challenging environment in which each individual is able to progress as a scientific thinker and communicator. In my classes, I aim to integrate primary literature for a problem-based learning approach and to foster an inclusive classroom through thoughtful course design and inquiry-based learning.

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