Dr. Urban graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She completed her Ph.D. thesis work in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine where her work focused on the serotonergic regulation of stress hormone secretion. Afterwards, Janice pursued postdoctoral work in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA examining the regulation of neuropeptides in limbic brain regions by gonadal steroids. Dr. Urban continued postdoctoral research in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University, and was a member of the Center for Reproductive Sciences at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Urban has an active research program in the areas of neuroendocrinology and elucidating mechanisms underlying stress resilience. She is active in graduate and medical teaching and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Society, Endocrine Society and American Neuroendocrine Society. Dr Urban is currently Professor and Chair of the department of Physiology and Biophysics.