Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Anderson Laboratory

Research interests

My research group’s interests are focused on the regulation of fertility by hormones such as leptin, insulin that provide the brain with information about the body’s nutritional status, and on the effects of a recently discovered group of brain cells called RFRP neurons on fertility and stress responses (such as anxiety). Beyond our focused basic research projects, our ‘big picture’ goal is the development of new and improved treatments for infertility and anxiety-related disorders; both of which are unseen conditions experienced by a large proportion of modern societies. For example, we are currently developing drugs that combat the anxiety-promoting effects of RFRP neurons. The Anderson Research Group is based in the Department of Anatomy and forms one of the laboratories that make up University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

Clinical conditions

  • Infertility
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic anxiety disorders

Professor Anderson's researcher profile

List of publications for Greg Anderson (Google Scholar)

Anderson Laboratory staff and students

Dr Caroline Ancel, Assistant Research FellowCaroline Ancel_web
RFRP neuron actions on stress and reproduction, and characterization of novel RFRP-3 antagonists

Caroline Decourt_webDr Caroline Decourt, Postdoctoral Fellow
Neuroendocrine requirements for puberty onset

Megan InglisMegan Inglis, Research Technician

Romy Kerbus_webRomy Kerbus, PhD student
Metabolic and reproductive consequences of PCOS

Rebecca Lord_webRebecca Lord, PhD student
Signalling pathways used by the hormone leptin to support puberty

India Sawyer_webIndia Sawyer, PhD student
RFRP neuron actions on stress and reproduction, and characterization of novel RFRP-3 antagonists

Sushanth Yadhav, Honours student

Visit Our people for an alphabetical list of all Centre for Neuroendocrinology staff.


Zhou, Y., Neyt, C., Batchelor, N. J., Kelley, R. L., Jaafar Amsak, K., Anderson, G. M., Oorschot, D. E., Jasoni, C., Girling, J. E., & Pankhurst, M. W. (2022). Fetal resorption coincides with dysregulated LH secretion in AMH-overexpressing mice. Journal of Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1530/joe-21-0430

Ancel, C. M., Evans, M. C., Kerbus, R. I., Wallace, E. G., & Anderson, G. M. (2022). Deletion of PTP 1B from from brain neurons partly protects mice from diet-induced obesity and minimally improves fertility. Endocrinology, 163(2), bqab266. doi: 10.1210/endocr/bqab266

Evans, M. C., Lord, R. A., & Anderson, G. M. (2021). Multiple leptin signalling pathways in the control of metabolism and fertility: A means to different ends? International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22, 9210. doi: 10.3390/ijms22179210

Mamgain, A., & Anderson, G. M. (2021). RFamide-related peptide neurons modulate chronic glucocorticoid-induced reproductive supression. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1537), (pp. 106-107). Retrieved from

Angelopoulou, E., Inquimbert, P., Klosen, P., Anderson, G., Kalsbeek, A., & Simonneaux, V. (2021). Daily and estral regulation of RFRP-3 neurons in the female mice. Journal of Circadian Rhythms, 19(1), 4. doi: 10.5334/jcr.212