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  • Ryan Darling, PhD


    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Office: R709
    Phone: (601) 984-1644
    E-mail: rdarling@umc.edu



    • BA (2000) Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
    • MA (2005) Biopsychology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Division, Miami University, Oxford, OH 
    • PhD (2008) Biopsychology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Division, Miami University, Oxford, OH
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2008-10) Department of Anatomy, University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Teaching responsibilities

    • Medical neurobiology
    • Dental neuro-anatomy
    • Neurophysiology
    • Fundamental neuroscience

    Research interests

    Long-term neurobehavioral effects of perinatal antidepressant exposure in a rodent model of autism spectrum disorder. Specific areas of research focus on incorporating electrophysiological and immunohistochemical techniques to understand how monoaminergic neural systems (including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine) and their forebrain efferents are disrupted by exposure to antidepressants during critical periods of neurodevelopment.

    Recent publications

    • Darling RD, Alzghoul L, Zhang J, Khatri N, Paul IA, Simpson KL & Lin RCS (2011). Perinatal citalopram exposure selectively increases locus coeruleus circuit function in male rats. Journal of Neuroscience 31(46):16709-16715. PMID: 22090498
    • Zhang J, Darling RD, Paul IA, Simpson KL, Chen K, Shih JC & Lin RCS (2011) Altered expression of tyrosine hydroxylase in the locus coeruleus noradrenergic system in citalopram exposed rats and monoamine oxidase A knockout mice. Anatomical Record 294(10):1685-1697. PMID: 21901841
    • Darling RD, Takatsuki K, Griffin AL & Berry SD (2011) Eyeblink conditioning contingent on hippocampal theta enhances hippocampal and medial prefrontal responses. Journal of Neurophysiology 105:2213-2224. PMID: 21346200
    • Griffin AL, Asaka Y, Darling RD & Berry SD (2004) Theta-contingent trial presentation accelerates learning rate and enhances hippocampal plasticity during trace eyeblink conditioning. Behavioral Neuroscience 118(2):403-411. PMID: 15113267