Mario   Gil  Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  

Office: BMAIN 1.426
Phone: (956) 882-8888
Email: mario.gil@utrgv.edu

Mario Gil Ph.D.





Selected Publications


  • Byron Foster, Christian Aquino, Mario Gil, Jonathan Gelfond, and Daniel Hale. "A Pilot Study of Parent Mentors for Early Childhood Obesity," JOURNAL OF OBESITY (2016).

  • Amelia Gallitano, Elham Satvat, Mario Gil, and Diano Marrone. "Distinct Dendritic Morphology Across the Blades of the Rodent Dentate Gyrus," SYNAPSE 70, no. 7 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016): 277–282.

  • Byron Foster, Christian Aquino, Mario Gil, Glenn Flores, and Daniel Hale. "A randomized clinical trial of the effects of parent mentors on early childhood obesity: Study design and baseline data," CONTEMPORARY CLINICAL TRIALS 45, no. B (November 2015): 164–169.

  • Mario Gil, Renu Bhatt, Katie Picotte, and Elaine Hull. "Sexual experience increases oxytocin receptor gene expression and protein in the medial preoptic area of the male rat," PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY 38, no. 9 (September 2013): 1688–1697.

  • Mario Gil, Ngoc-Thao Nguyen, Mark McDonald, and H Albers. "Social reward: interactions with social status, social communication, aggression, and associated neural activation in the ventral tegmental area," EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 38, no. 2 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2013): 2308–2318.

  • Mario Gil, Renu Bhatt, Katie Picotte, and Elaine Hull. "Oxytocin in the medial preoptic area facilitates male sexual behavior in the rat," HORMONES AND BEHAVIOR 59, no. 4 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2011): 435–443.

  • Juan Dominguez, Jessica Brann, Mario Gil, and Elaine Hull. "Sexual experience increases nitric oxide synthase in the medial preoptic area of male rats," BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 120, no. 6 (December 2006): 1389–1394.

  • Juan Dominguez, Mario Gil, and Elaine Hull. "Preoptic glutamate facilitates male sexual behavior.," Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1270, USA.: The Journal Of Neuroscience: The Official Journal Of The Society For Neuroscience 26, no. 6 (February 2006): 1699–1703.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Mario Gil. Cardiovascular Genetics and Epidemiology Program (PRIDE-CGE) , Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, $8,000.00 (July 5, 2017 - August 31, 2019)

  • Mario Gil. NRMN Steps Towards Academic Research Program, The University of Texas - El Paso and National Institutes of Health, (February 3, 2017 - March 30, 2017)



Selected Presentations


  • Chelsea McKee, Alejandra Camacho, John VandeBerg, Gabriel de Erausquin, and Mario Gil. "The effects of social experience on social behavior in the gray, short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis Domestica) ," UTRGV School of Medicine Research Symposium, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas (August 2017)

  • Hector Filizola, Alejandra Camacho, Mario Gil, John VandeBerg, and Gabriel de Erausquin. "Tyrosine Hydroxylase and MAP2 colocalization in the Ventral Mesencephalon of the Monodelphis domestica," UTRGV School of Medicine Research Symposium, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas (August 2017)

  • Mario Gil. "Neurohypophysial hormones and the neural regulation of reproductive and social behaviors ," Translational Research Seminar Series, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Regional Campus, Brownsville, Texas (March 2017)

  • Byron Foster, Aquino Christian, Mario Gil, Reyna Juan, and Hale Daniel. "Parent Mentors Using Positive Deviance in Childhood Obesity. ," Translation Science Annual Meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science., Association of Clinical and Translational Science, Washington, D.C. (April 2015)

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PSYC 7300 02 - Thesis I:
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PSYC 3353 04R - Physiological Psychology:
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PSYC 7301 04 - Thesis II:
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PSYC 4382 01 - Directed Readings:
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PSYC 2301 01B - General Psychology:
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PSYC 7100 01 - Thesis:
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PSYC 4380 08 - Directed Research:
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