Faculty

Robert O. Messing, M.D.

Director

Molecular mechanisms that underlie addiction, anxiety, and pain; treatment development.

R. Adron Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Molecular actions of drugs of abuse on brain signaling systems; genetics of alcohol susceptibility.

Richard W. Aldrich, Ph.D.

Molecular mechanisms of ion channel function and their role in electrical signaling.

Nigel S. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Molecular neurobiology and genetics of ion channels in Drosophila.

Yuri Blednov, Ph.D.

Development of mutant mice to test genetic, environmental causes of excessive alcohol consumption.

Juan M. Dominguez, Ph.D.

Neural and endocrine mechanisms that regulate motivated behaviors.

Christine L. Duvauchelle, Ph.D.

Neural mechanisms of the rewarding effects of drugs.

Johann K. Eberhart, Ph.D.

Genetic and environmental regulation of cellular behaviors that govern craniofacial development.

Andrew Ellington, Ph.D.

Therapeutic and diagnostic applications of aptamers; protein and metabolic engineering.

Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D.

Addiction science education.

Kim Fromme, Ph.D.

Addictive behaviors; risk-taking; alcohol abuse; cognitive processes in clinical psychopathology.

Rueben A. Gonzales, Ph.D.

Neurochemistry of ethanol drinking behavior.

Vishwanath R. Iyer, Ph.D.

Genomics; genome-wide transcriptional programs and mechanisms; microarray technology.

Daniel Johnston, Ph.D.

Synaptic integration and plasticity; cellular actions of learning and memory; epileptogenesis.

Theresa A. Jones, Ph.D.

Plasticity of nerual structure; synaptic connectivity and glial-neuronal interactions following brain damage and during learning.

Steven W. Leslie, Ph.D.

Effects of ethanol and similar drugs on NMDA-stimulated ion channels and voltage-dependent calcium channels.

Elizabeth LIppard, Ph.D.

Neural systems related to risk, onset and early disease progression in affective and substance use disorders.

Michela Marinelli, Ph.D.

Biological basis of addiction and addiction liability.

Stephen F. Martin, Ph.D.

Bioorganic chemistry; mechanistic enzymology; enzyme specificity.

R. Dayne Mayfield, Ph.D.

Molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the psychoactive and addictive properties of drugs of abuse.

S. John Mihic, Ph.D.

Molecular sites of action of drugs of abuse on ligand-gated ion channels.

Edwards M. Mills, Ph.D.

Role of mitochondria in intracellular communication, disease processes, and toxic actions of chemicals.

Hitoshi Morikawa, Ph.D.

Neurophysiology of the brain reward circuit and drug addiction.

Richard A. Morrisett, Ph.D.

Amino acid-derived neurotransmitter systems; synaptic transmission, expression of alcohol-related disorders.

Jonathan T. Pierce, Ph.D.

Genetic mechanisms that govern behavior and contribute to neurological disorders.

Igor Ponomarev, Ph.D.

Mechanisms of alcohol actions using behavioral genetics, functional genomics and cellular neuroscience.

Stephen Strakowski, M.D.

Bipolar and other mood disorders.

Timothy J. Schallert, Ph.D.

Neural plasticity and behavioral mechanisms of brain and spinal cord injury due to trauma, stroke, tumors, and degenerative diseases.