EndocrinologyEndocrinology is loosely defined as the study of hormone secretion and the action of hormones on their target cells. Hormones are secreted by specialized cells and concentration levels are controlled by complex feedback mechanisms, some of which are understood and many of which are still a mystery. The secretion of hormones come in many different "flavors”: Some are oscillatory in nature, others pulsatile or follow a diurnal rhythm, and others are controlled through a menstrual or seasonal or developmental rhythm. Concentration levels can be assayed through blood or urine samples. Investigators at the University of Michigan are interested in many aspects of normal and abnormal control of hormone concentration levels and the complex feedback mechanisms that control these levels. Statistical methods that have been used to study hormone secretion are time series (classical and dynamic models), Bayesian statistics, biomathematical models and nonparametric statistics.

Faculty: M. Banerjee, M. Boehnke, P. Song,  W. Ye

Links: MCDTR Methods and Measurement Core