Contact Information

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Overview of the Lab

The overarching mission of the lab is to understand the neural basis of cognitive and emotional regulation and how these critical mental processes are mediated by discrete neural circuits and moderated in function by genetic variation and environmental insults, including stress and alcohol.

Behavioral assays: Compulsive-like behavior, Risky decision-makeing, Reward learning, Cognitive flexibility, and Emotional flexibility

Selected Publications

Hagihara KM, Bukalo O, Zeller M, Aksoy-Aksel A, Karalis N, Limoges A, Rigg T, Campbell T, Mendez A, Weinholtz C, Mahn M, Zweifel LS, Palmiter RD, Ehrlich I, Lüthi A, Holmes A. (2021) Intercalated amygdala clusters orchestrate a switch in fear state. Nature. 594(7863):403-407 Pubmed

 

Piantadosi PT, Halladay LR, Radke AK, Holmes A. (2021) Advances in understanding meso-cortico-limbic-striatal systems mediating risky reward seeking. J Neurochem. 157(5):1547-1571 PubMed

 

Glover LR, McFadden KM, Bjorni M, Smith SR, Rovero NG, Oreizi-Esfahani S, Yoshida T, Postle AF, Nonaka M, Halladay LR, Holmes A. (2020) A prefrontal-bed nucleus of the stria terminalis circuit limits fear to uncertain threat. Elife 15;9:e60812 PubMed

 

Sengupta A, Holmes A. (2019) A discrete dorsal raphe to basal amygdala 5-HT circuit calibrates aversive memory. Neuron. 103(3):489-505 PubMed

 

Milton AL, Holmes A. (2019) The psychopharmacology of extinction—from theory to therapy. Psychopharmacology. 236(1):1-6. PubMed

 

Patel S, Hill MN, Cheer JF, Wotjak CT, Holmes A. (2017) The endocannabinoid system as a target for novel anxiolytic drugs. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 76(Pt A):56-66.  Pubmed

 

Craske MG, Stein MB, Eley TC, Milad  MR, Holmes A, Rapee RM, Wittchen H-U. (2017) Anxiety disorders. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 3:17024. Pubmed

 

Izquierdo A, Brigman JL, Radke AK, Rudebeck PH, Holmes A (2016) The neural basis of reversal learning: An updated perspective. Neuroscience. covered in ScienceNewsPubmed

 

Bukalo O, Pinard CR, Silverstein S, Brehm  C, Hartley NH, Whittle N, Colacicco G, Busch E, Patel S, Singewald N, Holmes (2015). Prefrontal inputs to the amygdala instruct fear extinction memory formation. Science Advances 1(6):e1500251. Pubmed

 

O Gunduz-Cinar 1, K P MacPherson, R Cinar, J Gamble-George, K Sugden, B Williams, G Godlewski, T S Ramikie, A X Gorka, S O Alapafuja, S P Nikas, A Makriyannis, R Poulton, S Patel, A R Hariri, A Caspi, T E Moffitt, G Kunos, A Holmes. (2013) Convergent translational evidence of a role for anandamide in amygdala-mediated fear extinction, threat processing and stress-reactivity. Mol Psychiatry. 18(7):813-23. Pubmed

 

Griebel G, Holmes A (2013) 50 years of hurdles and hope in anxiolytic drug discovery.  Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 12:667-687 covered in herePubmed

Full Publication list

Other Lab Resources

Section Alumni

Leo Zsembik

Laura Castillo

Kendall Coden, currently at Stanford University Masters in Laboratory Animal Sciences

Hyesun Choi, BS, currently at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, MD Student

Adriana Mendez, BS, Mount Sinai PhD Program in Neuroscience

Chase Weinholtz, BA, Washington University PhD Program in Neuroscience 

Sawyer Smith, BS, Brown University PhD Program in Pathobiology 

Tiffany Campbell, BA, DePaul University Masters in Human Computer Interaction

Tanner Rigg, BA, currently teaching English in Thailand with CIEE

Nathen Spitz, BA, currently at Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, MD Student

Mark Yde, BA, currently working at STEMCELL Technologies

Kerry McFadden, BA, currently at University College Dublin, Ireland, MA in History of Medicine Student

Mio Nonaka, PhD, currently at Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institutes of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Takayuki Yoshida, PhD, currently Assistant Professor, Department of Neuropharmacology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan tyoshida@med.hokudai.ac.jp

Will Taylor, BA, currently at the University of Southern California Neuroscience Graduate Program, PhD Student

Gabrielle Pollack, BA, currently at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, NY, MD Student

Abby Lieberman,BA

Ayesha Sengupta, PhD, currently postdoctoral fellow at NIDA/NIH

Lucas Glover, PhD, currently postdoctoral fellow at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in Michaela Gallagher's group

Lindsay HalladayPhD, currently Assistant Professor of Psychology, Santa Clara University, https://www.scu.edu/cas/psychology/faculty-and-staff/lindsay-halladay/
lhalladay@scu.edu

Emma BrockwayBA, currently at the University of Texas at Austin, PhD student in Graduate School in Neuroscience

Abby PostleBS, currently at the University of Maryland School of Medicine MD/PhD student

Adrina Kocharian, BS, currently at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, MD/PhD student

Aaron LimogesBS, currently at the Columbia University in the city of New York, PhD student

Elizabeth Kirby, currently working at the FDA

Anna Lipkin,BS, currently at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) PhD student

Courtney Pinard, PhD,  Manager of Educational and Career Development Programs, American Association of Immunologists cpinard@aai.org

Anna Radke, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Miami University www.aradlab.com/
aradke@miamioh.edu

Hadley Bergstrom, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Vassar College https://pages.vassar.edu/bergstromlab/
habergstrom@vassar.edu
https://www.vassar.edu/faculty/habergstrom/
LabTV Interview with Hadley Bergstrom

Katie Kaugars, BS, currently at Albert Einstein College of Medicine MD/PhD student LabTV Interview with Katie Kaugars

Nick Jury, PhD,  currently Science Policy Analyst in the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute within the National Institutes of Health NickJury@hotmail.com
LabTV Interview with Nick Jury

Maxine Reger, PhD

Erica Busch, MS

Erica Sagalyn, MA, currently at The Bridge, New York City, NY

Charles Pickens, PhD, currently tenured faculty, Department of Psychology, Kansas State University

Shaun Flynn, MD, currently resident at Brown University

Munisa Bachu, BA

Marguerite Camp, BS, currently Senior Associate in the Public Sector Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington DC

SophieMasneuf, PhD, currently post-doctoral fellow, Zurich University

Giovanni Colacicco, MD, PhD, currently Senior Scientist and Senior Lecturer, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich

Rachel Daut, PhD, currently postdoc at University of Colorado at Boulder

Carly Kiselycznyk, PhD, currently at Yale University

Paul Fitzgerald, PhD, currently postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan

Carolyn Graybeal, PhD, currently a fellow at the National Academy of Sciences

Jonathan Brigman, PhD, currently Associate Professor & Regents’ Lecturer, Department of Neurosciences, University of New Mexico, JBrigman@Salud.UNM.edu

Lauren DePoy, PhD, currently postdoc at University of Pittsburgh

Kathryn MacPherson, BS, currently at Emory University

Daniel Fisher, BS, currently at Northwestern University

Aaron Plitt, BS, currently at University of Texas Southwestern

Alicia Izquierdo, PhD, currently Professor, Department of Psychology, Brain Research Institute, Neuroscience IDP, University of California, Los Angeles, aizquie@psych.ucla.edu

Janel Boyce-Rustay, PhD, currently Senior Director, Regulatory Program Management at Genentech, San Francisco

Rose-Marie Karlsson, PhD, currently at NIMH

Rachel Millstein, PhD, currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Lisa Wiedholz, BA, currently at Abbott Laboratories

Rebecca Yang, BA, currently at The Mayo Clinic Rochester

Kathryn Hefner, PhD , currently Research Assistant Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Poonam Mathur, DO, MPH, currently Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Benjamin Palachick, MD, currently surgical critical care fellow at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, NJ

Yi-Chyan Chen, MD, PhD, currently Director, Department of Psychiatry, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hualian, Taiwan

Maxine Norcross, BS, currently at NIMH

Tara Wright, BS, currently at University of North Carolina

Michael Feyder, PhD, currently at Brain Modulation Lab, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Jessica Ihne Reed, PhD, currently postdoc at NIMH

Susanna Weber, BS, currently at Gottingen University

Lauren Lederle, MD, currently at San Fransisco VA Medical Center

Benita Hurd, MD, currently regional anethesia fellow at Emory University 

Collaborators

Dr. Timothy J. Bussey and Dr. Lisa M. Saksida, Robarts Research Institute, Western University; Weblink

Dr. Tom Kash, University of North Carolina; Weblink

Dr. David Lovinger, Dr. Veronica Alvarez, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience, NIAAA; Weblink

Dr. Sachin Patel, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Weblink

Dr. Mario Penzo, Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory, NIMH; Weblink

Dr. Danny Winder, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Weblink

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