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Cristian Bernabe

I am a second year graduate student at Dr. Philip Johnson’s lab in the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute. My overall research interests include applying optogenetic and chemogenetic tools to understand the different serotonergic pathways from the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus involved in pro- and anti-fear/panic.

Year in Program: 2

Faculty Mentor: Philip Johnson, Ph.D.

Recent publications:

Armini R de S, Bernabé CS, Rosa CA, Siller CA, Schimitel FG, Tufik S, Klein DF, Schenberg LC (2015) In a rat model of panic, corticotropin responses to dorsal periaqueductal gray stimulation depend on physical exertion. Psychoneuroendocrinology 53C:136–147.

Johnson PL, Molosh A, Fitz SD, Arendt D, Deehan GA, Federici LM, Bernabe C, Engleman EA, Rodd ZA, Lowry CA, Shekhar A (2015) Pharmacological depletion of serotonin in the basolateral amygdala complex reduces anxiety and disrupts fear conditioning. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 138:174–179.

Molosh AI, Johnson PL, Spence JP, Arendt D, Federici LM, Bernabe C, Janasik SP, Segu ZM, Khanna R, Goswami C, Zhu W, Park S-J, Li L, Mechref YS, Clapp DW, Shekhar A (2014) Social learning and amygdala disruptions in Nf1 mice are rescued by blocking p21-activated kinase. Nat Neurosci 17:1583–1590.

Quintino-dos-Santos JW, Müller CJT, Bernabé CS, Rosa CA, Tufik S, Schenberg LC (2014) Evidence that the periaqueductal gray matter mediates the facilitation of panic-like reactions in neonatally-isolated adult rats. PLoS One 9:e90726.

Schenberg LC, Schimitel FG, Armini R de S, Bernabé CS, Rosa CA, Tufik S, Müller CJT, Quintino-dos-Santos JW (2014) Translational approach to studying panic disorder in rats: hits and misses. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 46 Pt 3:472–496.

F1000PRIME recommendation for the publication Armini et al. (2015).

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