Lora A. Becker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lora Becker is Director of the Neuroscience Program and Director of the Summer Reading Program at the University of Evansville. She received her undergraduate dual B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Wright State University. Her M.A. degree in Psychobiology and Ph.D. degree in Behavioral Neuroscience are from Binghamton University (State University of New York at Binghamton). Her primary research activity on the role of phytoestrogens in development involves several University of Evansville students.

Dr. Becker received the Dean of Students Faculty Advisor Award in 2004 and the Dean of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in 2007.

Dr. Becker's Curriculum Vitae -December 2013

Phytoestrogen Research

Phytoestrogens (estrogens found in plans such as soy and legumes) effect in the development of mammals (specifically Sprague Dawley rats). Prenatal exposure to pharmacological agents can have teratogenic (substance that interferes with embryonic development) effects on offspring. Treatments for physical ailments that are labeled 'natural' or 'homeopathic' and are derived from plants, such as phytoestrogens from soy plants, are not tested by the Food and Drug Administration for possible teratogenic effects. We are examining potential effects in offspring of dams (pregnant female rats) exposed to phytoestrogens through diet.

Mead Johnson Nutritionals

The laboratory is working on a grant with Mead Johnson Nutritionals, an investigation of a nutritional supplement that is of interest to the company. This transitional work may influence the nutrient makeup of their infant formula, Enfamil.