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Andrey E. Ryabinin Ph.D.

    • Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience School of Medicine
    • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine

Summary of Current Research

Our research broadly focuses on mechanisms underlying alcohol and drug addiction. We study these mechanisms in mouse and prairie vole animal models. While research on the laboratory mouse allows application of well-developed genetic technologies, the prairie vole allows better modeling of many social aspects of human behavior. Comparative analysis of the two animal models allows better extrapolation of identified mechanisms to humans. Some of the currently ongoing studies include: CLARITY-based mapping of neurocircuits changing activity during voluntary consumption of alcohol or methamphetamine; investigating effects of voluntary consumption of alcohol or methamphetamine on pair bond formation and maintenance; deciphering the role of urocortin peptides and the centrally-projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus in alcohol consumption; identifying the neurocircuitry mediating social transfer of hyperalgesia.

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla

Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia

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Areas of interest

  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Neuropeptides
  • Stress
  • Social neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of disease

Education

  • M.D., 2nd Moscow Medical Institute, Russia 1985
  • Ph.D., Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia 1991

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