Daniel Tobiansky

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

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Dr. Daniel Tobiansky is an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology. He earned his B.S. in Psychology and Biology at DePaul University in Chicago and his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada for four years and then a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University for two years before joining St. Mary's. 

His research has generally focused on how steroid hormones (e.g., estrogens) influence motivation, reward-seeking behavior, and neural activity. At St. Mary's he will be working with local woodpecker populations to determine how steroid hormones facilitate a unique form of non-vocal auditory communication between mating pairs and rivals. This communication, known as drumming, is when the woodpeckers (both male and female) repeatedly slam their beaks against a resonant substrate at a rate of ~20 times per second during the breeding season. In his research, he will also examine how the brain protects itself and responds to head trauma at the cellular and molecular level when drumming frequency is at its peak. 


Areas of Research Specialization

  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Neuroethology


  • B.S. in Psychology and Biology at DePaul University, 2006
  • M.S. in Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin, 2014