Graduate Studies Faculty
Andrey E. Ryabinin, Ph.D.
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interests:alcoholism, drug addiction, neuropeptides, stress, social neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease » PubMed Listing
Preceptor RotationsAcademic Term Available Summer 2017 Maybe Fall 2017 Unknown Winter 2018 Maybe Spring 2018 Maybe
Faculty MentorshipDr. Ryabinin might be available as a mentor for 2017-2018.
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.
- M.D. (1985) 2nd Moscow Medical Institute, Russia
- Ph.D. (1991) Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla
- Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow, Russia