Shane Hentges

Biomedical Sciences

About Shane

Dr. Hentges is a Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Her research focuses on central mechanisms that regulate energy balance and bodyweight and also how opioids work to reinforce food intake and other processes such as addiction and analgesia. In the quest find better approaches to treat eating disorders and opioid use disorder, the lab uses a variety of approaches including slice electrophysiology, tract-tracing, opto- and chemogenetics and behavioral assays. Dr. Hentges’s work is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health, although she also has received support frgom the College and foundations. Dr. Hentges was awarded the prestigious Monfort Professorship at CSU (2014) and has been a recipient of a Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Hentges’s primary teaching interest is in Cellular Neurobiology, but she also enjoys facilitating graduate student discussions and participating in undergraduate courses focused on an introduction to research.


PhD, Washington State University, 1999BS, Washington State University, 1995

Research Specialty

NeurobiologySynaptic Physiology Receptor SignalingSmall Animal Exclusive/Predominant (including pet exotics)