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James S. Ferraro
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Physiology) - The Chicago Medical School
Department of Physiology
Life Science II, Rm 151D
Phone: 618-453-1593
Office Hours: Tue 8:00-11:00, Wed 1:30-4:00


  • PHSL310 Principles of Physiology
  • PHSL320 Reproduction and Sexuality
  • PHSL410B Mammalian Physiology
  • PHSL450 Advanced Human Sexuality
  • PHSL470 Biological Clocks
  • PHSL492 Special Problems in Physiology
  • PHSL550 Reproductive Function and Sexual Behavior

Research Interests

While current teaching load leaves little time for research, research interests and past work includes circadian rhythms, space physiology, reproductive function and sexual behavior.

Selected Publications

Summer, T.L., J.S. Ferraro and C.E. McCormack: Phase-response and Aschoff illuminance curves for the locomotor activity rhythm in the rat. Am. J. Physiol. 246:R299-R304, 1984.

Ferraro, J.S., W. Stone and C.E. McCormack: Control of cage lighting by locomotor activity through feedback circuits. Physiol. Behav. 33(3):487-490, 1984.

Ferraro, J.S. and C.E. McCormack: Nature of the light stimulus producing Aschoff's effect and anovulation. Am. J. Physiol. 247:R296-R301, 1984.

Ferraro, J.S. and C.E. McCormack: Gonadal regression despite light pulses coincident with locomotor activity in the Syrian hamster. Biol. Reprod. 33:93-102, 1985.

Ferraro, J.S. and C.E. McCormack: Minimum duration of light signals capable of producing the Aschoff effect. Physiol. Behav. 38:139-144, 1986.

Ferraro, J.S.: The effects of feedback lighting on the circadian rhythm of locomotor activity and the reproductive maturation of the male Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). J. Interdiscipl. Cycle Res. 19:29-47, 1988.

Ferraro, J.S. and F.M. Sulzman: The effects of feedback lighting on the circadian drinking rhythm in the diurnal New World primate (Saimiri sciureus). Am. J. Primat. 15:143-155, 1988.

Ferraro, J.S.: Comparative aspects of the effects of environmental lighting. In: Lighting Requirements in Microgravity - Rodents and Nonhuman Primates - NASA Tech. Memo., eds. D.C. Holley, C.M. Winget and H.A. Leon, NASA, Moffett Field, CA, 101077:181-215, 1988.

Ferraro, J.S., C.A. Fuller and F.M. Sulzman: The biological clock of Neurospora in a microgravity environment. Adv. Space Res. 9:(11)251-(11)260, 1989.

Ferraro, J.S., H.N. Krum, G.T. Wassmer, A. Bartke, V. Chandrashekar, S.D. Michael and F.M. Sulzman: Nocturnal illumination does not necessarily stimulate the photoperiodic response, despite mimicking the effects of constant light on the circadian rhythm of locomotor activity in the Syrian hamster. Physiol. Behav. 47:577-588, 1990.

Ferraro, J.S.: Nocturnal illumination maintains reproductive function and simulates the effects of constant light on the circadian system in the mature male Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus)*. J. Interdiscipl. Cycle Res. 21:1-16, 1990.

Ferraro, J.S. and R.W. Steger: Diurnal variations in brain serotonin are driven by the photic cycle and are not circadian in nature. Brain Research 512:121-124, 1990.

Antipas, A.J., D. Madison and J.S. Ferraro: Circadian rhythms in the short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda. Physiol. Behav. 48:255-260, 1990.

Ferraro, J.S., A. Bartke and R.W. Steger: Entrainment of Syrian hamsters to short photoperiod T-cycles does not reverse the inhibitory nature of feedback lighting on the photoperiodic response. J. Interdiscipl. Cycle Res. 22:21-30, 1991.

Sulzman, F.M., J.S. Ferraro, C.A. Fuller, M.C. Moore-Ede, V. Klimovitsky, V. Magedov and A.M. Alpatov: Thermoregulatory responses of primates during spaceflight. Physiol. Behav. 51:585-591, 1992.

Ferraro, J.S., J.A. Dorsett, T.E. Wagner, J.S. Yun and A. Bartke: Overexpression of growth hormone genes in transgenic mice shortens free-running periods in constant light. Biol. Rhythm Res. 25:315-328, 1994.

Ferraro, J.S., F.M. Sulzman and J.A. Dorsett: Alterations in growth rate associated with a normally persisting circadian rhythm in Neurospora during space flight. Aviat. Space Environ. Med. 66(11):1079-1085, 1995.

Ferraro, J.S., J.A. Antonakos and J.M. Hallam: An Improved Method for Precise Control of Light Exposure at a Known Circadian Time During an Animal’s Subjective Night. Physiol. Behav. 63(4):717-721, 1998.

Murphy, L.L., R.S. Cadena, D. Chávez, and J.S. Ferraro: Effect of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) on Male Copulatory Behavior in the Rat. Physiol. Behav. 64(4): 445-450, 1998.

Book Chapters:
Murphy, L.L., and J.S. Ferraro: Chapter 4: Ginseng and male sexual behavior. In: Herbal Drugs: Ethnomedicine to Modern Medicine (ed. K.G. Ramawat), pp57-66, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2009.