Kenny Lab

Laboratory of Neurobiological Mechanisms of Drug Addiction, Obesity and Schizophrenia

Research

paul-headshot-compressed1-150x150The Kenny Laboratory is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of drug addiction, obesity and schizophrenia, with an emphasis on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in these processes. They employ a multidisciplinary approach that includes complex behavioral paradigms, physiological analyses and molecular biological techniques. Current projects include the utilization of vector-based delivery systems to modify gene expression in the brains of rodents to identify novel signaling cascades that may play a role in addiction-like behaviors.

Our research is focused on understanding the molecular neurobiology of drug addiction and obesity, with an emphasis on developing novel therapeutics for these disorders.  We take a multidisciplinary approach that includes mouse behavioral genetics, viral-mediated gene transfer, protein and RNA biology, and we combine these techniques with complex behavioral procedures to better understand the mechanics of addiction and obesity. Current projects include understanding the role of noncoding RNAs and other epigenetic machineries in addiction, identifying the nicotinic receptor subunits that regulate tobacco dependence, investigating the role of brain reward pathways in obesity, and developing small molecule therapeutics for addiction.

Contact Us

Kenny Lab
Paul J Kenny
Director, Experimental Therapeautics Institute
Professor & Chair, Neuroscience
Location
Lab: HESS 10-202
Office: HESS 9-116
Phone
Lab: 212.824.9189
Office: 212.824.8970
Email

Publications

2019

Correction: Food addiction: a valid concept?
Fletcher PC, Kenny PJ.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 Mar;44(4):834. doi: 10.1038/s41386-018-0288-1.


Cocaine-metabolizing skin grafts.
Liu XA, Kenny PJ.
Nature Biomedical Engineering. 2019 Feb;3(2):81-82. doi: 10.1038/s41551-019-0355-x.

2018

Drug Addiction: Mechanisms of Nicotine Dependence Unmasked by Gene Editing.
Howe WM, Kenny PJ.
Current Biology. 2018 Oct 22;28(20):R1205-R1207. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.003.


Endocannabinoid Signaling in the Habenula Regulates Adaptive Responses to Stress.
Chen Z, Kenny PJ.
Biological Psychiatry. 2018 Oct 15;84(8):553-554. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.08.001.


Neuroscience: Brain Mechanisms of Blushing.
Mathis V, Kenny PJ.
Current Biology. 2018 Jul 23;28(14):R791-R792. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.047.


From controlled to compulsive drug-taking: The role of the habenula in addiction.
Mathis V, Kenny PJ.
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review. 2018 Jun 21. pii: S0149-7634(18)30120-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.06.018. [Epub ahead of print] Review.


Melanocortin 4 receptors switch reward to aversion.
DiFeliceantonio AG, Kenny PJ.
Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2018 Jul 2;128(7):2757-2759. doi: 10.1172/JCI121653. Epub 2018 Jun 18.


Animal Models of Addiction and Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Their Role in Drug Discovery: Honoring the Legacy of Athina Markou.
Kenny PJ, Hoyer D, Koob GF.
Biological Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 1;83(11):940-946. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.009. Epub 2018 Feb 22. Review.


Neuropeptidomics of the Rat Habenular Nuclei.
Yang N, Anapindi KDB, Rubakhin SS, Wei P, Yu Q, Li L, Kenny PJ, Sweedler JV.
Journal of Proteome Research. 2018 Apr 6;17(4):1463-1473. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.7b00811. Epub 2018 Mar 20.


Burst firing sets the stage for depression.
Howe WM, Kenny PJ.
Nature. 2018 Feb 15;554(7692):304-305. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-01588-z.


HDAC5 Regulates the Formation of Drug Memories.
Smith ACW, Kenny PJ.
Trends in Molecular Medicine. 2018 Feb;24(2):106-108. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2017.12.011. Epub 2018 Jan 25.


The Promise of Genome Editing for Modeling Psychiatric Disorders.
Caligiuri SP, Kenny PJ.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 Jan;43(1):223-224. doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.197.

2017

Retrograde inhibition by a specific subset of interpeduncular α5 nicotinic neurons regulates nicotine preference.
Ables JL, Görlich A, Antolin-Fontes B, Wang C, Lipford SM, Riad MH, Ren J, Hu F, Luo M, Kenny PJ, Heintz N, Ibañez-Tallon I.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A. 2017 Dec 5;114(49):13012-13017. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1717506114. Epub 2017 Nov 20.


Corticostriatal plasticity, neuronal ensembles, and regulation of drug-seeking behavior.
Bobadilla AC, Heinsbroek JA, Gipson CD, Griffin WC, Fowler CD, Kenny PJ, Kalivas PW.
Progress in Brain Research. 2017;235:93-112. doi: 10.1016/bs.pbr.2017.07.013. Epub 2017 Oct 12. Review.


TC299423, a Novel Agonist for Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors.
Wall TR, Henderson BJ, Voren G, Wageman CR, Deshpande P, Cohen BN, Grady SR, Marks MJ, Yohannes D, Kenny PJ, Bencherif M, Lester HA.
Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2017 Sep 26;8:641. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00641. eCollection 2017.


Energy Balance: Lateral Hypothalamus Hoards Food Memories.
Devarakonda K, Kenny PJ.
Current Biology. 2017 Aug 21;27(16):R803-R805. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.082.


Gastric bypass surgery stimulates the dormant gut-brain axis in obesity.
Caligiuri SPB, Kenny PJ.
Kidney International. 2017 Jul;92(1):6-8. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2017.05.001.


GLP-1 acts on habenular avoidance circuits to control nicotine intake.
Tuesta LM, Chen Z, Duncan A, Fowler CD, Ishikawa M, Lee BR, Liu XA, Lu Q, Cameron M, Hayes MR, Kamenecka TM, Pletcher M, Kenny PJ.
Nature Neuroscience. 2017 May;20(5):708-716. doi: 10.1038/nn.4540. Epub 2017 Apr 3.


α5 nicotinic receptors link smoking to schizophrenia.
Liu XA, Kenny PJ.
Nature Medicine. 2017 Mar 7;23(3):277-278. doi: 10.1038/nm.4300. No abstract available.


Bariatric Surgery Restores Gut-Brain Signaling to Reduce Fat Intake.
Caligiuri S, Kenny PJ.
Cell Metabolism. 2017 Feb 7;25(2):221-222. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2017.01.017.

2016

The CHRNA5-A3-B4 Gene Cluster and Smoking: From Discovery to Therapeutics.
Lassi G, Taylor AE, Timpson NJ, Kenny PJ, Mather RJ, Eisen T, Munafò MR.
Trends Neuroscience. 2016 Dec;39(12):851-861. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2016.10.005. Epub 2016 Nov 18. Review.


All Roads Lead to the miRNome: miRNAs Have a Central Role in the Molecular Pathophysiology of Psychiatric Disorders.
O’Connor RM, Gururajan A, Dinan TG, Kenny PJ, Cryan JF.
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. 2016 Dec;37(12):1029-1044. doi: 10.1016/j.tips.2016.10.004. Epub 2016 Nov 8. Review.


Obituary: Athina Markou PhD (1961-2016).
Cryan JF, Kenny PJ.
Neuropharmacology. 2017 Feb;113(Pt A):591-593. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.10.023. Epub 2016 Oct 25. No abstract available.


Crash course in pallidus-habenula signaling.
Ishikawa M, Kenny PJ.
Nature Neuroscience. 2016 Jul 26;19(8):981-3. doi: 10.1038/nn.4349. No abstract available.


Constance E. Lieber, Theodore R. Stanley, and the Enduring Impact of Philanthropy on Psychiatry Research.
Krystal JH, Abi-Dargham A, Akbarian S, Arnsten AFT, Barch DM, Bearden CE, Braff DL, Brown ES, Bullmore ET, Carlezon WA Jr, Carter CS, Cook EH Jr, Daskalakis ZJ, DiLeone RJ, Duman RS, Grace AA, Hariri AR, Harrison PJ, Hiroi N, Kenny PJ, Kleinman JE, Krystal AD, Lewis DA, Lipska BK, Marder SR, Mason GF, Mathalon DH, McClung CA, McDougle CJ, McIntosh AM, McMahon FJ, Mirnics K, Monteggia LM, Narendran R, Nestler EJ, Neumeister A, O’Donovan MC, Öngür D, Pariante CM, Paulus MP, Pearlson G, Phillips ML, Pine DS, Pizzagalli DA, Pletnikov MV, Ragland JD, Rapoport JL, Ressler KJ, Russo SJ, Sanacora G, Sawa A, Schatzberg AF, Shaham Y, Shamay-Tsoory SG, Sklar P, State MW, Stein MB, Strakowski SM, Taylor SF, Turecki G, Turetsky BI, Weissman MM, Zachariou V, Zarate CA Jr, Zubieta JK.
Biological Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 15;80(2):84-86. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.05.004. No abstract available.


Polygenic overlap between schizophrenia risk and antipsychotic response: a genomic medicine approach.
Ruderfer DM, Charney AW, Readhead B, Kidd BA, Kähler AK, Kenny PJ, Keiser MJ, Moran JL, Hultman CM, Scott SA, Sullivan PF, Purcell SM, Dudley JT, Sklar P.
Lancet Psychiatry. 2016 Apr;3(4):350-7. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00553-2. Epub 2016 Feb 23.

2015 & Earlier

2015

cell-metabolism-oct-2015-115x150Running Cell Metabolism Oct 2015on Empty: Leptin Signaling in VTA Regulates Reward from Physical Activity.
Chen Z, Kenny PJ.
Cell Metabolism. 2015 Oct 6; 22(4):540-1.doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.09.021.


brain-research-publication-coverCorticostriatal microRNAs in addiction.
Heyer MP, Kenny PJ.
Brain Research. 2015 Aug 4. pii: S0006-8993(15)00592-2. [Epub ahead of print] Review.


journal-of-biological-chemistry-2015-mayAn Accessory Agonist Binding Site Promotes Activation of α4β2* Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors.
Wang J, Kuryatov A, Sriram A, Jin Z, Kamenecka TM, Kenny PJ, Lindstrom J.
The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2015 May 29;290(22):13907-18.


neuron-2015-mayUsing opioid receptors to expand the chemogenetic and optogenetic toolbox.
Damez-Werno DM, Kenny PJ.
Neuron. 2015 May 20;86(4):853-5.


nature-2015-aprilNeuroscience: Binge drinking and brain stress systems.
O’Connor RM, Kenny PJ.
Nature, 2015 Apr 9;520(7546):168-9

 

 

2014

neuron-cover-e1419446779654MicroRNA-mediated repression combats depression.
Heyer MP, Kenny PJ.
Neuron 2014 Jul; 83(2).


nature-neuroscience-2014-octoberPromoting FOS to an enhanced position.
Jonkman S, Kenny PJ.
Nature Neuroscience 2014 Oct; 17(10):1291-3

 

 

2013

cover-scientific-american-e1419446882784The food addiction.
Kenny PJ.
Scientific American 2013 Sep; 309(3).


cover-opinion-in-nuerobiology-e1419447023585Dopamine D2 receptors and striatopallidal transmission in addiction and obesity.
Kenny PJ, Voren G, Johnson PM.
Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2013 Aug; 23(4).


fontiers-geneticsMicroRNAs and Drug Addiction.
Bali P, Kenny PJ.
Frontiers in Genetics 2013 May; 4(43).


cover-nature-medicine-february-20132-e1419446622545Exploring the epigenetics of cocaine resistance.
Hope BT, Skinner MK, Kenny PJ, Akbarian S.
Nature Medicine 2013 Feb; 19(2).


Molecular, cellular, and structural mechanisms of cocaine addiction: a key role for microRNAs.
Jonkman S, Kenny PJ.
Neuropsychopharmacology, 2013 Jan;38(1):198-211

2012

cover-journal-of-neuroscience-aug-2012-e1419446499187Normal midbrain dopaminergic neuron development and function in miR-133b mutant mice.
Heyer MP, Pani AK, Smeyne RJ, Kenny PJ, Feng G.
Journal of Neuroscience 2012 Aug; 32(32).


cover-bioorganic-medicinal-chemistry-letters-jun-2012-e1419447268247Disubstituted piperidines as potent orexin (hypocretin) receptor antagonists.
Jiang R, Song X, Bali P, Smith A, Bayona CR, Lin L, Cameron MD, McDonald PH, Kenny PJ, Kamenecka TM.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters 2012 Jun; 22(12).


cover-trends-in-neurosciences-may-2012MicroRNAs in neuronal function and dysfunction.
Im HI, Kenny PJ.
Trends in Neurosciences 2012 May; 35(5).

 

 

2011

epigentics-cover-compressed-e1421095372181Methylation, memory and addiction.
Bali P, Im HI, Kenny PJ.
Epigenetics 2011 Jun; 6(6).


cover_nature-mar-2011a2Habenular α5 nicotinic receptor subunit signalling controls nicotine intake.
Fowler CD, Lu Q, Johnson PM, Marks MJ, Kenny PJ.
Nature 2011 Mar; 471(7340).


cover-neuron-feb-2011Reward mechanisms in obesity: new insights and future directions.
Kenny PJ.
Neuron 2011 Feb; 69(4).

 

 

2010

cover-nature-neuroscience-september-2010MeCP2 controls BDNF expression and cocaine intake through homeostatic interactions with microRNA-212.
Im HI, Hollander JA, Bali P, Kenny PJ.
Nature Neuroscience 2010 Sep; 13(9).


cover_nature-july-2010-120x150Striatal microRNA controls cocaine intake through CREB signalling.
Hollander JA, Im HI, Amelio AL, Kocerha J, Bali P, Lu Q, Willoughby D, Wahlestedt C, Conkright MD, Kenny PJ.
Nature 2010 Jul; 466(7303).


cover-nature-neuroscience-may-2010Dopamine D2 receptors in addiction-like reward dysfunction and compulsive eating in obese rats.
Johnson PM, Kenny PJ.
Nature Neuroscience 2010 May; 13(5).

Recognitions

Alexandra DiFeliceantonio will be presenting at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) (July 2019).


Ashley Lepack presents Poster at Keystone Symposia “Epigenetics and Human Disease” (June 2019).


Jessica Ables receives Best Poster, 2nd Place, Friedman Brain Institute Neuroscience Retreat (May 2019).


Stephanie Caligiuri presents poster on “The importance of progesterone and nicotinic acetylcholine signalling in the interpeduncular nucleus for female specific alcohol dependence” at the Neuroscience Retreat, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY (May 2019).


Victor Mathis, Stephanie Caligiuri, Clementine Fillinger and Paul Kenny present Poster on “A prefronto-habenular circuit involved in stress-induced reinstatement” at the Friedman Brain Institute Retreat in New York (May 2019).


Stephanie Caligiuri presents talk on “The bitter taste receptor brain chemosensory network as a target in drug addiction” at the Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior Dinner and Talks, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY (April 2019)


Alex Smith receives a Travel Award for the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (April 2019).


Alexandra DiFeliceantonio receives a Travel Award from the NIDDK Neuroimaging and Modulation in Obesity and Diabetes 10th Anniversary Meeting (April 2019).


Alex Smith serves as Panel Co-Chair in “The Use of in vivo Imaging Techniques to Link Neural Activity with Behavior” during the Winter Conference on Brain Research (January 2019).


Alex Smith receives a Travel Fellowship from the Winter Conference on Brain Research (January 2019).


Paul Kenny is elected a Member of the Institute Director Leadership Review Committee, National Institutes of Health.


Jessica Ables participates in the Career Development Institute for Psychiatry.


Alexandra DiFeliceantonio receives the Promising Young Investigator Travel Award from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Mount Sinai.


Jessica Ables is named Laughlin Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists.


Jessica Ables is elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.


Jessica Ables presents Poster at Society for Biological Psychiatry: “Exploring the role of the Habenula-IPN in Affective States in Diabetes.”


Paul Kenny is elected a Member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NACDA).

Paul Kenny receives the Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (December 2018).


Jessica Ables presents poster at ACNP: “Exploring the role of the Habenula-IPN in Affective States in Diabetes” (December 2018).


Richard O’Connor receives a Travel award to attend the 2019 Winter Conference on Brain Research in Snowmass, CO (2018).


Stephanie Caligiuri presents poster on “The α5 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit May Mediate Anxiety and Alcohol Reinforcement through Progesterone Signaling in the Interpeduncular Nucleus in a Sex Specific Manner” at the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA (November 2018).


Richard O’Connor receives a Rolls-Simons travel award from The Obesity Society to attend Obesity Week 2018 in Nashville, TN (November 2018)


Alexandra DiFeliceantonio presents on “When a calorie is not a calorie: fat and carbohydrate combinations potentiate measures of reinforcement independently of caloric load” at the  Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting (November 2018)


Richard O’Connor receives the Center for Neurotechnology and Behavior at Mount Sinai travel award to attend Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. (November 2018)


Victor Mathis, Stephanie Caligiuri, Clementine Fillinger and Paul Kenny present their poster on “A prefronto-habenular circuit involved in stress-induced reinstatement” at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA (November 2018)


Stephanie Caligiuri, Victor Mathis, Maria Vittoria Micioni Bonaventura, and Paul Kenny present their poster on “The α5 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit May Mediate Anxiety and Alcohol Reinforcement through Progesterone Signaling in the Interpeduncular Nucleus in a Sex Specific Manner” at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA (November 2018).


Alex Smith receives the 2018 Brain and Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant in Addiction (October 2018).


Jessica Ables is named a Leon Levy Fellow in Neuroscience (April 2018).


Stephanie Caligiuri presents poster on “The α5 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Subunit May Mediate Anxiety and Alcohol Reinforcement through Progesterone Signaling in the Interpeduncular Nucleus in a Sex Specific Manner”  Neuroscience Retreat, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY (April 2018).


Alex Smith serves as Symposium Chair for “MMP-9 in Psychiatric Disease” during the American Society for Neurochemistry Annual Meeting (March 2018).


Ashley Lepack receives the Best Speaker Prize, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Annual Neuroscience Retreat (March 2018).


Ashley Lepack receives the Hausfeld Award (recognizing the most outstanding Neuroscience PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).


Ashley Lepack receives the  National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA), 2018 – 2020.


Paul Kenny received the MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Paul Kenny is elected a Senior Editor for The Journal of Neuroscience.


Paul Kenny is elected a Member of the National Institutes of Health, Council of Councils.

Jessica Ables receives the NIMH Outstanding Resident (July 2017).


Alex Smith receives the NIDA National Research Service Award (F32 NRSA)


Victor Mathis receives a Postdoctoral fellowship for “L’habénula latérale, une structure impliquée dans l’adaptation comportementale liée au stress?” from the Fondation pour la recherche medical, France.


Victor Mathis receives a Postdoctoral fellowship for the “study of the involvement of the lateral habenula in behavioral adaption in stressful conditions” from the Fondation Fyssen, France.

Stephanie Caligiuri receives the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship (September 2016).


Richard O’Connor is the recipient of the 2016 Pfizer, Inc. Postdoctoral Fellowship.  The award presentation ceremony will take place during the Obesity Society’s annual scientific meeting in New Orleans, LA in November.  The fellowship will focus on “Central Control of Obesity, with an emphasis on mechanistic studies to deepen our basic understanding of the homeostatic and reward neurocircuitries underlying food intake” (August 2016).


Diane Damez-werno and Richard O’Connor receive Mentor Recognition from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education for the Lloyd Sherman Scholars Program (August 2016).


Richard O’Connor receives a Postdoctoral fellowship from The Obesity Society (2016).


Richard O’Connor receives Best poster presented by a Postdoctoral Researcher at the 2016 International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (June 2016).


Richard O’Connor receives a Travel award to attend the 2016 International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary (2016).

Paul Kenny received the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (December 2015).


Molly Heyer and Alex Smith presented at the 2015 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Fl (December 2015).


Alex Duncan, Molly Heyer, Sietse Jonkman, Alex Smith, and George Voren presented posters at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference in Chicago, Il (October 2015).


Ryan Hakim, NIDA Summer Intern, was selected to present his summer research internship project in the Kenny Lab to the NIDA staff in Bethesda, MD (September 2015).


Paul Kenny received the Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award at the 9th Neuroscience Ireland Conference on Frontiers in Neuroscience: Diseases and Treatments (September 2015).


Paul Kenny was an invited Mars Keynote Speaker for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) annual conference (July 2015).


Paul Kenny was a speaker and session chair at the Janelia Conference on Motivational Circuits in Natural and Learned Behaviors (March 2015).


Paul Kenny was the distinguished guest speaker at the third annual Waggoner Center for Alcohol/Addiction Research Conference at the University of Texas at Austin (March 2015).


Paul Kenny was elected a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).


Paul Kenny was elected as Member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Paul Kenny was a presenter during the NIDA Mini Convention (November 2015) and presented his talk on Circulating microRNAs as Addiction Biomarkers during the Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers and Therapeutics session.


Paul Kenny was an invited speaker at the Nebraska Research and Innovation Neuroscience Conference (September 2014) . His talk was on Mechanisms Underlying Motivational Properties of Nicotine.


Paul Kenny was an Invited Speaker at the Molecular Basis of Addiction: Synaptic Modification (with Marc Caron, and David Sulzer), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ASBMB), San Diego (April 2014). His talk was on Molecular Basis of Addiction: Synaptic Modification.


Paul Kenny gave a Basic Science Theme Lecture (February 2014) on New Insights into the Mechanisms of Compulsive Nicotine Intake during the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Paul Kenny received the Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in the Neurosciences Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).

Paul Kenny received the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism from the Society for Neuroscience.

Meet the Team

Jessica Ables, MD, Ph.D.

Jessica Ables, MD, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessica.Ables@mssm.edu

Purva Bali, Ph.D.

Purva Bali, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Purva.Bali@mssm.edu

Stephanie Caligiuri, Ph.D.

Stephanie Caligiuri, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stephanie.Caligiuri@mssm.edu

Kavya Devarakonda

Kavya Devarakonda

PhD Student

Kavya.Devarakonda@icahn.mssm.edu

Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, Ph.D.

Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alexandra.DiFeliceantonio@mssm.edu

Karim Elayouby

Karim Elayouby

PhD Student

karim.elayouby@icahn.mssm.edu

Clémentine Fillinger, Ph.D.

Clémentine Fillinger, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Clementine.Fillinger@mssm.edu

Molly Heyer, PhD

Molly Heyer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Molly.Heyer@mssm.edu

William (Matt) Howe, Ph.D.

William (Matt) Howe, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

William.Howe1@mssm.edu

Masago Ishikawa, PhD

Masago Ishikawa, PhD

Assistant Professor

Masago.Ishikawa@mssm.edu

Vanessa (Emma) Lehmann

Vanessa (Emma) Lehmann

PhD Student

Emma.Lehmann@mssm.edu

Ashley Lepack

Ashley Lepack

PhD Student

Ashley.Lepack@mssm.edu

Victor Mathis, Ph.D.

Victor Mathis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Victor.Mathis@mssm.edu

Nora McLaughlin

Nora McLaughlin

Executive Assistant

Nora.McLaughlin@mssm.edu

Juliet Meccia

Juliet Meccia

Associate Researcher

Juliet.Meccia@mssm.edu

Richard O’Connor, PhD

Richard O’Connor, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Richard.OConnor@mssm.edu

Zainab Oketokoun

Zainab Oketokoun

Associate Researcher

Zainab.Oketokoun@mssm.edu

Alexander Smith, PhD

Alexander Smith, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alexander.Smith@mssm.edu

Maya Williams

Maya Williams

Associate Researcher

Maya.Williams@mssm.edu