Carrie Ferrario, PhD

Research Interests: The goal of my research is to understand the neuro-biological mechanisms that contribute to drug addiction and obesity. Our current focus is on identifying and understanding alterations in excitatory transmission and plasticity within the brain's "reward pathway" that contribute to these conditions. To accomplish this, we use a variety of approaches including: behavioral pharmacology, biochemistry, and slice electrophysiology after in vivo manipulations.

Specific areas of interest:
    -Individual susceptibility to diet-induced obesity
    -Obesity-induced alterations in excitatory transmission and plasticity
    -Interactions between obesity and depression
    -Insulin and the regulation of glutamate transmission

Med Chem 600 & 510; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Dent 537; Dental & Nursing
Pharm 615; Neuropharmacology
Pharm 502; Grant Writing
PIBS 503; Ethics in Research
NeuroSci 611;
Pharm 310: Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Contact Information:
1150 W. Medical Center Drive
Department of Pharmacology, MSRB III A200
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-8637

Primary Appointment: Department of Pharmacology
Faculty Member: Neuroscience Graduate Program, MI Diabetes Research Center, The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program, the Drugs of Abuse Training Program, and Kavli Neuroscience Innovators
External Member: Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center, John B. Pierce Lab at Yale
Associate Member: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology