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Michael N Lehman

Professor and Inaugural Director of the Brain Health Research Insitute





Integrated Sciences Building

Room 251 K

PhD and Postdoctoral Training

Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Michigan

Postdoctoral Fellow Colombia University

A Bit About Me

Dr. Lehman is an accomplished neuroscientist who has made seminal contributions to the fields of neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroscience and circadian rhythms research. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and reviews, including publications in Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, and Endocrinology.


Dr. Lehman’s lab has been funded continually by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies in the U.S. and Canada for over 30 years. He has trained over 45 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Lehman’s prior academic and professional appointments include positions as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences, and founding Chairman of the Board of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC); Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology, and co-Director of the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan; Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario; Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, at the University of Cincinnati.  An active researcher, Dr. Lehman has served on numerous grant review panels at NIH, NSF and other agencies, most recently as Chair of the Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction (ICER) Study Section at NIH. He serves as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Associate Editor for Neuroscience of Experimental Biology and Medicine, and as Subject Chair for the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board of Elsevier, a global leader in information and analytics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Association of Anatomy (AAA) and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM). In 2018, he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award from the SEBM and serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). 

​Joining Kent State in January 2019, he is leading the growth of the new Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) as a multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary vehicle for collaborative research and education in neuroscience. As inaugural director of BHRI, Dr. Lehman brings together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to explore, expand and advance our knowledge of the human brain and how it functions. Dr. Lehman views the brain as the final frontier for medicine and recognizes a tremendous opportunity with the institute to lead new discoveries in our understanding of the brain, stemming from the wide diversity of research and scholarship at Kent State, and linkages with regional partners in academic medicine to translate those discoveries into new treatments for brain and nervous system diseases. 

Select Publications (2020 only)

For a full list of my publications, go to my PubMed Bibliography or Google Scholar

Morphological and functional evidence for sexual dimorphism in neurokinin B signalling in the retrochiasmatic area of sheep.

Lopez JA, Bowdridge EC, McCosh RB, Bedenbaugh MN, Lindo AN, Metzger M, Haller M, Lehman MN, Hileman SM, Goodman RL.J Neuroendocrinol. 2020 Jul;32(7):e12877

Lehman MN, Coolen LM, Goodman RL. Importance of neuroanatomical data from domestic animals to the development and testing of the KNDy hypothesis for GnRH pulse generation. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2020 Oct;73:106441.

Amodei R, Gribbin K, He W, Lindgren I, Corder KR, Jonker SS, Estill CT, Coolen LM, Lehman MN, Whitler W, Stormshak F, Roselli CE. Role for Kisspeptin and Neurokinin B in Regulation of Luteinizing Hormone and Testosterone Secretion in the Fetal

Sheep. Endocrinology. 2020 Apr 1;161(4).

McCosh RB, Lopez JA, Szeligo BM, Bedenbaugh MN, Hileman SM, Coolen LM, Lehman MN, Goodman RL. Evidence that Nitric Oxide Is Critical for LH Surge Generation in Female Sheep. Endocrinology. 2020 Mar 1;161(3).

Work Experience

January 2019 - Present

July 2012 - December 2018

December 2010 - June 2012

Inaugural Director, Brain Health Research Institute

Professor Biological Sciences

Professor and Chair, Dept. Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Professor, Depts. Mol. Integr. Physiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Co-Director, Reproductive Sciences Program

University of Michigan

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