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: characterizing mechanisms involved in the recently discovered phenomenon of social transfer of pain, identifying the neurocircuitry of alcohol withdrawal-induced pain, deciphering the role of urocortin peptides and the centrally-projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus in alcohol consumption and spontaneous behaviors, characterizing effects of social environment on consummatory behaviors in mice and prairie voles, and testing promising pharmacotherapies for alcohol use disorder in socially-housed mice and prairie voles.

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla

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

Education and training

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

Areas of interest

  • Alcoholism and drug addiction
  • Stress-related neuropeptides
  • Social neurobiology of addiction



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