Edith Hendley, Ph.D.
Edith  Hendley, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor


A.B. (Physiology) Hunter College of New York; M.S. (Physiology) Ohio State University; Ph.D. - 1954 - (Physiology) Univ. of Illinois Coll. Med.; Postdoctoral - 1954 - 1956 - (Physiology) Univ. of Chicago. Dr. Hendley joined the UVM faculty as Associate Professor in 1973, and Professor in 1983. In 1994, Dr. Hendley became a Professor Emerita, and continues to be involved in teaching and research.


Office: HSRF 110 802-656-4293
Lab: HSRF 110 802-656-4293

Research Description

My research interests include: neurochemistry of brain catecholamines; neurochemical and genetic correlates of hypertension and hyperactivity using two inbred rat strains developed in the laboratory. These include WKHT rats which express the hypertension of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) but not their hyperactivity or hyperreactivity to stress, and WKHA rats which express the behavioral characteristics of SHR but not the hypertension. WKHA also express cardiac hypertrophy despite the absence of hypertension. Both these homozygous strains are now available from the Rat Resource and Research Center of the University of Missouri (at rrrc.us).


Faculty Highlighted Publications

Palmer BM, Chen Z, Lachapelle RR, Hendley ED, LeWinter MM. Cardiomyocyte function associated with hyperactivity and/or hypertension in genetic models of LV hypertrophy. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2006 Jan;290(1):H463-73

Hendley ED. WKHA rats with genetic hyperactivity and hyperreactivity to stress: a review. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2000 Jan;24(1):41-4.

Moisan MP, Courvoisier H, Bihoreau MT, Gauguier D, Hendley ED, Lathrop M, James MR, Mormede P. A major quantitative trait locus influences hyperactivity in the WKHA rat. Nat Genet. 1996 Dec;14(4):471-3.

Hendley ED, Ohlsson WG. Two new inbred rat strains derived from SHR: WKHA, hyperactive, and WKHT, hypertensive, rats. Am J Physiol. 1991 Aug;261(2 Pt 2):H583-9.

Hendley ED, Snyder SH. Relationship between the action of monoamine oxidase inhibitors on the noradrenaline uptake system and their antidepressant efficacy. Nature. 1968 Dec 28;220(5174):1330-1.

All Hendley publications

Selected Awards

Establishment of the Edith Hendley Award for Service to Women in Science Lake Champlain Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, First Awardee 1993

Sister Elizabeth Candon Award for Distinguished Service Awarded by the Vermont Women in Higher Education 1994

Establishment of the Edith D. Hendley Award to Graduate Students Awarded by the University of Vermont 1996

Charter Member of Hall A Scholars Awarded by UVM College of Medicine 1997

University Scholar, University of Vermont 1999

Elected to Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering 2002