Dr. Klingerman grew up in Levittown, PA. She earned her B.S. in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College, her M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware, and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Lehigh University.
Dr. Klingerman’s expertise is in the area of behavioral testing and observation, including detecting differences in sexual and ingestive motivation in rodents. Her primary research interests are energy balance and reproduction in male and female mammals.
She is investigating why female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) in negative energy balance (anorexia) increase their motivation for food (food hoarding) and decrease their motivation to reproduce (scent marking) but not food intake or sexual performance (lordosis reflex).
Dr. Klingerman’s secondary research interest relates to hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas. She is trying to understand how it causes its deadly affects, so that successful antidotes can be developed that reduce its toxicity and increase the chance of survival.
Dr. Klingerman has taught and/or performed research at Lehigh University, the University of Delaware, and Monash University (Clayton, Australia). Most recently, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, at the Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey. This fall she taught Anatomy and Physiology I and Concepts in Biology I laboratories.
In her free time, Dr. Klingerman likes to tend to her “zoo” which currently includes two dogs (a boxer and a dachshund), a rabbit, and lots of fish (a large South American Cichlid aquarium, a damsel and clownfish salt water aquarium, a koi pond, and her office freshwater, tropical aquarium). She also enjoys traveling around the world, eating good food, biking, hiking, gardening, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors.
Glad to have you with us Dr. Klingerman!