Alcohol Training Program Faculty

Kim Nixon

Director, Associate Professor/Pharmacology

Novel mechanisms of  target identification and drug discovery for alcoholic neuropathology

Nigel Atkinson


Molecular and genetic mechanisms of alcohol effects on ion channels in Drosophila

Juan M. Dominguez

Associate Professor/Psychology

Neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders like addiction

Johann Eberhart

Associate Professor/Molecular Biosciences

Analyzes crest cell behavior in zebrafish, looking not only into the signaling pathways involved in cell behaviors, but also the genetic and environmental modifiers mediating these behaviors

Kim Fromme


Psychosocial aspects of alcohol research

Rueben A. Gonzales


Neurochemistry, in vivo microdialysis, ethanol reinforcement, dopamine and glutamate systems

R. Adron Harris


Molecular actions of alcohol and related drugs on brain signaling systems and molecular basis of genetic differences in alcohol susceptibility

Elizabeth Lippard

Assistant Professor/Dell Medical School, Psychiatry

Understanding neural systems related to risk, onset and early disease progression in affective and alcohol use disorders

Michela (Mickey) Marinelli

Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Understanding the biological bases of addiction

R. Dayne Mayfield

Research Scientist/Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research

Identification of molecular mechanisms of alcohol action using genomic and proteomic approaches

Esther Melamed

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Robert Messing

Professor of Neurology

Identification of drug targets and strategies that could lead to new treatments for substance use disorders

Hitoshi Morikawa

Associate Professor/Neurobiology

Neurophysiology of the brain reward circuit and drug addiction

S. John Mihic

Associate Professor/Neurobiology

Molecular studies of alcohol, anaesthetics and inhaled drugs of abuse

Jon Pierce-Shimomura

Assistant Professor/Neurobiology

The underlying causes and potential cures for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and how drugs such as ethanol and anesthetics affect the nervous system

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