Denesa Oberbeck

Senior Research Associate



Major Areas

Neural plasticity, alcohol abuse, laser microdissection, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, molecular biology


Western Oregon University 2000 B.S. Psychology; Biology minor Monmouth , OR

The Florida State University 2002 M.S. Biological Science Tallahassee , FL

The Florida State University 2006 Ph.D. Neuroscience Tallahassee , FL

Research Interests

The goal of my research is to understand how genes regulate neural plasticity and complex behaviors, particularly drug-induced behaviors. I am currently using techniques such as in situ hybridization and laser microdissection to examine the neural circuitry and gene expression underlying the preference for, and chronic consumption of, ethanol in C57BL6 mice.


Society for Neuroscience  

International Behavioral Neuroscience Society  

Molecular Cellular Cognition Society  

Psi Chi


Lockwood D.R., Smith J.C., Kwon, B.S., Houpt T.A. (2003). Behavioral effects of static magnetic fields on freely moving and restrained mice. Physiology and Behavior 78(4-5):635-40.

Alexander, J.E., Alexander, R.G., Crowsen, B., Machan, K., Hall , C.A. , Lockwood, D.R ., Godinez, D. (2005). Effects of self-evaluation on the P300 event-related potential. Perceptual and Motor Skills 100:409-420.

Houpt, T.A., Pittman, D.W., Riccardi, C., Cassell, J.A., Lockwood, D.R., Barranco, J.M., Kwon, B.S., Smith, J.C. (2005). Behavioral effects on rats of high strength magnetic fields generated by a resistive electromagnet. Physiology and Behavior 15(3):379-389.

Lockwood D.R., McCormack, S., Houpt, T.A. (2005). Intra-amygdalar okadaic acid enhances conditioned taste aversion learning in rats. Learning and Memory, in revision.