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Skidmore College
Biology Department

Denise McQuadeDenise B. McQuade

Senior Instructor in Biology

Dana Science Center, Room 315
Department of Biology Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

Telephone: (518) 580-5077

Fax: (518) 580-5071



  • M.S., Biobehavioral Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT    
    • Master's Thesis: "Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Female Rats Mated to Males with Reduced Erectile Capacity"
  • B.A., Psychobiology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA    
    • Undergraduate Thesis: "Sensory Cues Used in Cache Recovery by the Eastern Gray Squirrel"

Courses Taught:

  • NS 101 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BI 108 Organismal Biology
  • BI 110 Biology of the Mind
  • BI 149 The Birds and the Bees: the Biology of Sex
  • BI 170 Human Genetics
  • BI 244 (formerly BI 236) Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
  • BI 245 Genetics
  • BI 105 (no longer offered) Biological Sciences I: Unity of Life
  • BI 106 (no longer offered) Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
  • BI 190 (no longer offered) Population Biology  

Teaching Interests:

With a broad background in Biology and Neuroscience, Denise enjoys teaching a variety of laboratories. Collaborative research with BI and NS students investigates behavioral and neuroendocrine phenomena in humans and rodents, using a digit ratio model system.


  • Possidente B and McQuade D (2015) A simple lab exercise using inbred Drosophila strains for introducing quantitative genetics to undergraduates. Drosophila Information Service. 98.
  • McQuade D.B. (2014) Digit ratio links prenatal hormone exposure with adult lung function. Asian J Androl 16:499.
  • McQuade D.B. (2011) Does digit ratio (2D:4D) predict penile length? Asian J Androl (China) 13:667-668.
  • Reuter C*, McQuade D.B. (2009) Sex and hand differences in circadian wrist activity are independent from sex and hand differences in 2D:4D. J. Circadian Rhythms, 7:13.
  • Bitran, D., Miller, S.A., McQuade, D.B., Liepheimer, R.E., and Sachs, B.D.(1989). Inhibition of sexual reflexes by lumbosacral injection of a GABAb agonist in the male rat. Physiol. Biochem. And Behav. 31, 657-666.
  • McQuade, D.B., Williams, E.H., and Eichembaum, H.B. (1986). Cues used for localizing food by the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Ethology, 72, 22-30.
  • Durkot, M.J., Martinez, O., Brooks-McQuade, D., and Francesconi, R. (1986). Simultaneous determination of fluid shifts during thermal stress in small-animal model. J. Appl. Physiol., 61, 1031-1034.