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Tufts University School of Medicine

Maribel Rios

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: Stearns 324

Maribel Rios

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: Stearns 324

Phone 617-636-2748
Lab phone: 617-636-3516
Office: Stearns 326
Campus: Boston

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Boston University
  • PhD, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Sackler School, Tufts University
  • Postdoctoral Training, MIT

Research synopsis

Our laboratory uses molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological, behavioral and genetic tools to ascertain the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the modulation of energy homeostasis and affective behavior. For this, we generate and study mice with central or site-specific deletion of the BDNF gene. Our efforts are focused on defining neural circuits in the brain modulated by BDNF to control appetite and affective states and the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the actions of this neurotrophin.