Dr Anica Klockars

Anica Klockars


Qualifications: PhD (medicine), Uppsala, Sweden

About Anica

In my research, I study postnatal brain development in social deficit disorders by using a combination of genetic, molecular, pharmacological and behavioural approaches.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Gartner, Sarah (2018). The investigation of protein composition in milk formula and its effects on central satiety and reward-related systems.
  • Head, Mitchell (2021). Investigation of orexin/opioid-oxytocin system and its effects on satiety and over-eating. (co-supervisor)
  • Wood, Erin (in progress). Investigation of temporal gene expression in food intake regulation and reward centres of the brain. (co-supervisor)
  • Christian, David (in progress). The functional relationship between key neuroregulators of energy homeostasis and milk intake.(co-supervisor)
  • Pal, Tapasya (in progress). Neuromolecular analyses underlying anomalous brain wiring and peculiar feeding behaviour in autism spectrum disorder.
  • Liyanagama, Donisha (in progress).

MSc (Research)

  • Fehlmann, Tiffany (2019). Neuromolecular and behavioural responses to milk-based tastants.
  • Laloli, Kathryn (2017). Neuroendocrine changes uderlying aberrant food selectivity in rat models of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Mitchell Head (2017). Effect of novel ketamine-analogue R5 on brain
    activation and select behavioural parameters.

Recent Publications

  • Head, M. A., McColl, L. K., Klockars, A., Levine, A. S., & Olszewski, P. K. (2022). Acute hypophagia and changes in c‐Fos immunoreactivity in adolescent rats treated with low doses of oxytocin and naltrexone. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(1). doi:10.3390/jcm11010059

  • Pal, T., Laloli, K. J., Moscrip, C. A., Olszewski, P. K., & Klockars, A. (2022). Mild hypophagia and associated changes in feeding-related gene expression and c-Fos immunoreactivity in adult male rats with sodium valproate-induced Autism. Genes, 13(2). doi:10.3390/genes13020259

  • Wood, E. L., Gartner, S. N., Klockars, A., McColl, L. K., Christian, D. G., Jervis, R. E., . . . Olszewski, P. K. (2022). Whey-adapted versus natural cow’s milk formulation: Distinctive feeding responses and post-ingestive c-fos expression in laboratory mice. Foods, 11(2). doi:10.3390/foods11020141

  • Wood, E. L., Christian, D. G., Arafat, M., McColl, L. K., Prosser, C. G., Carpenter, E. A., . . . Olszewski, P. K. (2021). Adjustment of whey:Casein ratio from 20:80 to 60:40 in milk formulation affects food intake and brainstem and hypothalamic neuronal activation and gene expression in laboratory mice. Foods, 10(3). doi:10.3390/foods10030658

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Animal Behaviour; Biology; Disabilities; Genetics; Health; Human Behaviour; Molecular Biology; Science

social deficit disorders, food intake

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: FG 2.15
Phone: +64 7 837 9414