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Susan Schantz

Professor Emerita

Primary Affiliation

Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity


Status Full-time Faculty

Home Department of Comparative Biosciences

Phone 333-6230


Address 2347 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography


    • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

    • B.A., University of Wisconsin

  • 2017

    • Bandara SB, Sadowski RN, Schantz SL, Gilbert ME. Developmental exposure to an environmental PCB mixture delays the propagation of electrical kindling from the amygdala. Neurotoxicology. 2017 58:42-49. DOI:10.1016/j.neuro.2016.10.016.
    • Monaikul S, Eubig P, Floresco S, Schantz S. Strategy set-shifting and response inhibition in adult rats exposed to an environmental polychlorinated biphenyl mixture during adolescence. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 2017 63:14-23. DOI:10.1016/


    • Pisani SL, Neese SL, Katzenellenbogen JA, Schantz SL, Korol DL. Estrogen Receptor-Selective Agonists Modulate Learning in Female Rats in a Dose- and Task-Specific Manner. Endocrinology. 2016, 157(1):292-303. DOI:10.1210/en.2015-1616
    • Bandara SB, Eubig PA, Sadowski RN, Schantz SL. Developmental PCB Exposure Increases Audiogenic Seizures and Decreases Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase in the Inferior Colliculus. Toxicological Sciences 2016, 149(2):335-45. DOI:10.1093/toxsci/kfv237.
    • Bennett D, Bellinger DC, Birnbaum LS, Bradman A, Chen A, Cory-Slechta DA, Engel SM, Fallin MD, Halladay A, Hauser R, Hertz-Picciotto I, Kwiatkowski CF, Lanphear BP, Marquez E, Marty M, McPartland J, Newschaffer CJ, Payne-Sturges D, Patisaul HB, Perera FP, Ritz B, Sass J, Schantz SL, Webster TF, Whyatt RM, Woodruff TJ, Zoeller RT, Anderko L, Campbell C, Conry JA, DeNicola N, Gould RM, Hirtz D, Huffling K, Landrigan PJ, Lavin A, Miller M, Mitchell MA, Rubin L, Schettler T, Tran HL, Acosta A, Brody C, Miller E, Miller P, Swanson M, Witherspoon NO; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); Child Neurology Society; Endocrine Society; International Neurotoxicology Association; International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment; International Society for Environmental Epidemiology; National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians; National Hispanic Medical Association; National Medical Association. Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks The TENDR Consensus Statement. Environmental Health Perspectives 2016 1;124(7):A118-22. DOI:10.1289/EHP358.
    • Sadowski RN, Stebbings KA, Slater BJ, Bandara SB, Llano DA, Schantz SL. Developmental exposure to PCBs alters the activation of the auditory cortex in response to GABAA antagonism. Neurotoxicology. 2016 56:86-93. DOI:10.1016/j.neuro.2016.07.006.


    • Dzwilewski KL, Schantz SL. Prenatal chemical exposures and child language development. Journal of Communication Disorder 2015, 57, 41-65. DOI:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2015.07.002.
    • Poon E, Bandara SB, Allen JB, Sadowski RN, Schantz SL. Developmental PCB exposure increases susceptibility to audiogenic seizures in adulthood. Neurotoxicology. 2015, 46, 117-24. DOI:10.1016/j.neuro.2014.12.007.


    • Eubig, P. A.; Noe, T. E.; Floresco, S. B.; Sable, J. J.; Schantz, S. L., Sex Differences in Response to Amphetamine in Adult Long-Evans Rats Performing a Delay-Discounting Task. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 2014, 118, 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.pbb.2013.12.021.
    • Neese, S. L.; Pisani, S. L.; Doerge, D. R.; Helferich, W. G.; Sepehr, E.; Chittiboyina, A. G.; Rotte, S. C. K.; Smillie, T. J.; Khan, I. A.; Korol, D. L.; Schantz, S. L., The Effects of Dietary Treatment with S-Equol on Learning and Memory Processes in Middle-Aged Ovariectomized Rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 2014, 41, 80-88, DOI: 10.1016/
    • Sadowski, R. N.; Park, P.; Neese, S. L.; Ferguson, D. C.; Schantz, S. L.; Juraska, J. M., Effects of Perinatal Bisphenol a Exposure During Early Development on Radial Arm Maze Behavior in Adult Male and Female Rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 2014, 42, 17-24, DOI: 10.1016/Intt.2014.01.002.
    • Strakovsky, R. S.; Lezmi, S.; Flaws, J. A.; Schantz, S. L.; Pan, Y. X.; Helferich, W. G., Genistein Exposure During the Early Postnatal Period Favors the Development of Obesity in Female, but Not Male Rats. Toxicological Sciences 2014, 138, (1), 161-174, DOI: 10.1093/toxsci/kft331.
    • Yolton K, Cornelius M, Ornoy A, McGough J, Makris S, Schantz S. Exposure to neurotoxicants and the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its related behaviors in childhood. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 2014, 44, 30-45. DOI:10.1016/


    • Neese, S. L.; Bandara, S. B.; Schantz, S. L., Working Memory in Bisphenol-A Treated Middle-Aged Ovariectomized Rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 2013, 35, 46-53.
    • Neese, S. L.; Korol, D. L.; Schantz, S. L., Voluntary Exercise Impairs Initial Delayed Spatial Alternation Performance in Estradiol Treated Ovariectomized Middle-Aged Rats. Hormones and Behavior 2013, 64, (4), 579-588, DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2013.08.008.
    • Poon, E., Monaikul, S., Kostyniak, PJ, Chi, LH, Schantz, SL and Sable, HJ. (2013) Developmental exposure to polychlorinated bihphenyls reduces amphetamine behavioral sensitization in Long Evans Rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology 38:6-12.
    • Turner, R. T.; Iwaniec, U. T.; Andrade, J. E.; Branscum, A. J.; Neese, S. L.; Olson, D. A.; Wagner, L.; Wang, V. C.; Schantz, S. L.; Helferich, W. G., Genistein Administered as a Once-Daily Oral Supplement Had No Beneficial Effect on the Tibia in Rat Models for Postmenopausal Bone Loss. Menopause-the Journal of the North American Menopause Society 2013, 20, (6), 677-686, DOI: 10.1097/GME.0b013e31827d44df.


    • Neese, S.L., Bandara, S.B.., Doerge, D.R., Woodling, K.A., Andrade, J.E., Helferich, W.G., Korol, D.L., Schantz, S.L. (2012). Effects of multiple daily genistein doses on executive function in middle-aged rats. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34, 187-195.
    • Paule, M.G., Green, L., Myerson, J., Alvarado, M., Bachevalier, J., Schneider, J.S. and Schantz, S.L. (2012) Behavioral toxicology of cognition: Extrapolation from experimental animal models to humans. Neurotoxicology and Teratology; 34:263-73.
    • Pisani, S. L.; Neese, S. L.; Doerge, D. R.; Helferich, W. G.; Schantz, S. L.; Korol, D. L., Acute Genistein Treatment Mimics the Effects of Estradiol by Enhancing Place Learning and Impairing Response Learning in Young Adult Female Rats. Hormones and Behavior 2012, 62, (4), 491-499.


    • Poon E, Powers BE, McAlonan RM, Ferguson DC, and Schantz, SL (2011) Effects of developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and/or polybrominated diphenyl ethers on cochlear function. Toxicological Sciences, 124, 161-168.


    • Eubig, P.A., Aguiar, A. and Schantz, S.L. (2010) Lead and PCBs as risk factors for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118:1654-67.