Kelly Abshire

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Current Program Year: Grad 1
Current Student, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine
M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine


Research interests: Neuroscience, epigenetics, genetics, molecular biology, neuropsychiatry, and translational research, including the molecular underpinnings of behavior in the context of neuropsychiatric disease.

Clinical interests: Psychiatry, particularly alcohol and substance use disorders and their sequalae, and neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders.

Education and training

B.S., 2018, University of Texas at Austin

Fellowship: NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow, 2019-2021


Selected publications

Farokhnia M, Abshire KM, Hammer A, Saravanakumar A, Cobbina E, You ZB, Haass-Koffler CL, Lee MR, Akhlaghi F, Leggio L. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human laboratory study with exogenous ghrelin, combined with alcohol, in heavy drinkers: Neuroendocrine outcomes and kinetic parameters. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 2021

Farokhnia M, Portelli J, Lee MR, McDiarmid GR, Munjal V, Abshire KM, Battista JT, Browning BD, Deschaine SL, Akhlaghi F, Leggio L. Effects of exogenous ghrelin administration and ghrelin receptor blockade, in combination with alcohol, on peripheral inflammatory markers in heavy-drinking individuals: Results from two human laboratory studies. Brain research, 2020; 1740, 146851.

González-Martínez LF, Abshire KM, Padron WI, Lee HJ, Delville Y. Early stress and waiting to respond versus waiting to receive. Behavioral Neuroscience 2020, 134(2), 166–176.