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Jacob Raber, Ph.D.

Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience; Professor, Department of Neurology
Affiliate Scientist, Division of Neuroscience, ONPRC
Professor of Radiation Medicine
Admin Unit: SOM-Behavioral Neuroscience Department
Phone: 503 494-1524
Lab Phone: 503 494-1431
Fax: 503 494-6877
Office: MRB708
Mail Code: L470
Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Cancer Biology
Research Interests:
Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Androgen Receptor, Sex Differences, Histamine, apoE, Methamphetamine, Irradiation, Neurogenesis, Cognitive Function, Behavioral, circadian, high fat diet-induced cognitive impairments » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Academic Term Available Fall 2016 Yes Winter 2016 Yes Spring 2016 Yes Summer 2017 Yes Fall 2017 Yes Winter 2017 Yes Spring 2017 Yes Winter 2018 Yes Spring 2018 Yes Summer 2018 Yes
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Raber might be available as a mentor for 2016-2017. Dr. Raber might be available as a mentor for 2017-2018.

Summary of Current Research  

Our research focuses on effects of genetic factors, such as apoE, and environmental factors, such as irradiation, drugs of abuse like methamphetamine, and high fat diet, on brain structure and function in experimental mouse models of human neurological diseases. Based on what we learn in the mouse models, we try to develop tests and treatment strategies to improve brain function in humans suffering from these conditions. Routinely, we use a combination of behavioral, neuroendocrinological, pharmacological, neurochemical, immunohistochemical, cellular, and molecular approaches.    

We developed humanized versions of the mouse object recognition and spatial navigation tests and assess whether they are sensitive to detect effects of sex and apoE4 on cognition in health and disease. These tests might be valuable in identifying biomarkers of cognitive function and susceptibility to cognitive impairments.  

Recent Publications 

Siegel, J.S., Park, B., Raber, J. (2011) Methamphetamine exposure during brain development alters the brain acetylcholine system in adolescent mice. Journal of Neurochemistry, 119, 89-99.

Haley, G.E., McGuire, A., Berteau-Pavy, D., Weiss, A., Patel, R., Messaoudi, I., Urbanski, H.F., Raber, J. (2011) Measures of Anxiety, Amygdala Volumes, and Hippocampal Scopolamine phMRI Response in Elderly Female Rhesus Macaques. Neuropharmacology (Special Issue on anxiety and depression), 62, 385-390. PMCID: PMC3195963

Davis, M.J., Iancu, O.D., Acher, F., Stewart, B.M., Eiwaz, M.A., Duvoisin, R.M., Raber, J. (2012) Role of mGluR4 in acquisition of fear learning and memory. Neuropharmacology (Special mGluR issue), 66:365-72. PMCID: 3508079 [Available 2014/3/1]

Olsen, R., Agam, M., Davis, M.J.; Raber, J. (2012) ApoE Isoform-Dependent Deficits in Extinction of Contextual Fear Conditioning Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 7, 806-812. PMCID: PMC3642038 [Available 2013/10/1]

Haley, G.E., Yeiser, L., Olsen, R., Davis, M.J., Johnson, L.A., Raber, J. (2013) Early effects of whole body 56Fe irradiation on hippocampal function in C57BL/6J mice. Radiation Research, 179, 590-596.

Zuloaga, D.G., Siegel, J.A., Acevedo, S.F., Agam, M,, Raber, J. (2013) Developmental methamphetamine exposure results in short- and long-term alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis-associated proteins. Develomental Neuroscience, 35, 338-346.

Johnson, L.A., Olsen, R.H., Markens, L., DeBarber, A., Steiner, R.D., PhD; Sullivan, P.M., Maeda, N., Raber, J. (2014) Apolipoprotein E - Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor Interaction Affects Spatial Memory Retention and Brain ApoE Levels in an Isoform-Dependent Manner. Neurobiology of Disease, 64, 150-162.

Zuloaga, D.G., Johnson, L.A., Agam, M., Raber, J. (2014) Sex differences in activation of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis by methamphetamine. Journal of Neurochemistry, 129, 495-508.

Raber, J., Rudobeck, E., Campbell-Beachler, M., Allen A.R., Allen, B., Rosi, S., Nelson, G.A., Ramachandran, S., Turner, J., Fike, J.R., Vlkolinsky, R. (2014) 28Silicon radiation-induced enhancement of synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus of naïve and cognitively tested mice. Radiation Research, 181, 362-368.

Olsen, R.H.J., Marzulla, T., Raber, J. (2014) Impairment in extinction of contextual and cued fear following post-training whole body irradiation. Frontiers, 8:231.


  • Ph.D., 1991, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

  • M.Sc., 1986, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

  • B.Sc., 1983, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  

Previous Positions       

  • 1991-1995 Postdoctoral Researcher, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.       

  • 1996-1998 Staff Research Investigator, Gladstone Molecular Neurobiology Program, San Francisco, CA; Adjunct Instructor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, California.       

  • 1998-2000 Staff Research Scientist I, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, San Francisco, CA.   

  • 2000-2001 Staff Research Scientist II, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, San Francisco, CA. 

  • 1998-2001 Assistant Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, CA. 

Non-Academic Interest