Congratulations to our students!


Caroline Dias received a NRSA/NIH National Institute of Drug Abuse grant for her project “The effects of cocaine on the MNT signaling pathway in the nucleus Accumbens”.

Jason Cook received a 2010 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/National Institute of General Medical Sciences Partnership grant (T32).

Thesis Defense

Seth Berger
Systems Pharmacology of Arrhythmias
Thesis Advisor: Ravi Iyengar, PhD

Armando Delportillo
Cell-to-cell spread of HIV-1 via virological synapses
Thesis Advisor: Ben Chen, MD/PhD

Thomas Joseph
Guide-target mismatch and silencing efficiency in RNA interference.
New title: Guide-target mismatched in RNA interference.
Thesis Advisor: Roman Osman, PhD

Michal Poplawski
Sources of Variance in Metabolic Disease and Aging: Transcriptional Mechanisms of Glucose Action.
Thesis Advisor: Charles Mobbs, PhD

Jake Young, PhD
Orbifrontal Cortex in the Rat: Function in Behavioral Flexibility and Task Representation
Thesis Advisor: Matthew Shapiro


Dani Dumitriu
The addicted synapse: mechanisms of synaptic and structural plasticity in nucleus accumbens.
Russo SJ, Dietz DM, Dumitriu D, Morrison JH, Malenka RC, Nestler EJ.
Trends Neurosci. 2010 Jun;33(6):267-76. Epub 2010 Mar 5.