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Melloni Cook Melloni Cook

Associate Professor
Experimental (Behavioral Neuroscience)
Psychology Building, 406
901.678.1516 (telephone)
901.678.2579 (fax)


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Mary Washington College

Research Interests
  • Genetic Basis of Complex Traits
  • Animal Models of Anxiety
Recent Publications
  • Wang, X., Mozhui, K., Li, Z., Mulligan, M. K., Ingels, J. F., Zhou, X., Hori, R. T., Chen, H., Cook, M. N., Lu, L., & Williams, R. W. (in press). Mutation in the Per3 clock gene modulates expression and is a candidate for alcohol response. Translational Psychiatry.
  • Ziebarth, J. D., Cook, M. N., Wang, X., Williams, R. W., Lu, L., & Cui, Y. (in press). Condition-and population-dependent activity patterns of behavioral and expression QTLs. PLoSONE.
  • Flanigan, T. J., & Cook, M. N. (2011) Effects of an Early Handling-Like Procedure and Individual Housing on Anxiety-Like Behavior in Adult C57BL/6J and DBA/2J Mice. PloSONE 6(4): e19058; doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0019058
  • Kim, J. C., Cook, M. N., Carey M. R., Shen C., Regehr W. G., & Dymecki S. M. (in press) Linking genetically-defined neurons to behavior through a broadly applicable silencing allele. Neuron.
  • Coryell, M. W., Wunsch, A. M., Haenfler, J. M., Allen, J. E., Schnizler M., Ziemann A. E., Cook, M. N., Dunning, J. P., Price, M. P., Rainier, J. D., Liu, Z., Light, A. R., Langbehn, D. R. & Wemmie, J. A. (2009 ) Acid-sensing ion channel-1a in the amygdala, a novel therapeutic target in depression-related behavior. Journal of Neuroscience 29: 5381-5388.
  • Matthews, D. B., Morrow, A. L., O’Buckley, T., Flanigan, T. J., Berry, R. B., Cook, M. N., Mittleman, G., Goldowitz, D., Tokunaga, S., &  Silvers, J. M. (2008) Acute mild footshock alters Ethanol Drinking and Plasma Corticosterone Levels in C57BL/6J Male Mice, but not DBA/2J or A/J male mice. Alcohol 42:469-476.
  • Matthews, D. B., Chesler, E. J., Cook, M. N., Cockroft, J., Philip, V. M., & Goldowitz, D. (2008) Genetic mapping of vocalization to a series of increasing acute footshocks using B6.A consomic and B6.D2 congenic mouse strains. Behavior Genetics 38:417-23.
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