Mohamed Kabbaj

Professor of Biomedical Sciences & Neuroscience
Accepting new graduate students

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MSR 3300H
Biomedical Sciences


•• Dr. Kabbaj is accepting a graduate students in collaboration with Dr. Z Wang. •• The focus of our research is to understand the neurobiology underlying individual differences and sex differences in depression and drug addiction. Another focus of our research is to examine epigenetic mechanisms underlying social behaviors.

Akbarabadi A, Sadat-Shirazi MS, Kabbaj M, Nouri Zadeh-Tehrani S, Khalifeh S, Pirri F, Zarrindast MR (2021). Effects of Morphine and Maternal Care on Behaviors and Protein Expression of Male Offspring. Neuroscience, 466:58-76. PubMed

Bokros M, Sherwin D, Kabbaj MH, Wang Y (2021). Yeast Fin1-PP1 dephosphorylates an Ipl1 substrate, Ndc80, to remove Bub1-Bub3 checkpoint proteins from the kinetochore during anaphase. PLoS Genet, 17(5):e1009592. PubMed

Duclot F, Sailer L, Koutakis P, Wang Z, Kabbaj M (2020). Transcriptomic Regulations Underlying Pair-bond Formation and Maintenance in the Socially Monogamous Male and Female Prairie Vole. Biol Psychiatry, 0006-3223(20)32108-9. PubMed

Schoepfer KJ, Xu Y, Wilber AA, Wu W, Kabbaj M (2020). Sex differences and effects of the estrous stage on hippocampal-prefrontal theta communication. Physiol Rep, 8(22):e14646. PubMed

Strong CE, Hagarty DP, Brea Guerrero A, Schoepfer KJ, Cajuste SM, Kabbaj M (2020). Chemogenetic selective manipulation of nucleus accumbens medium spiny neurons bidirectionally controls alcohol intake in male and female rats. Sci Rep, 10(1):19178. PubMed

Strong CE, Kabbaj M (2020). Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Rewarding and Therapeutic Effects of Ketamine as a Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder. Front Behav Neurosci, 14:593860. PubMed

Elvir L, Duclot F, Wang Z, Kabbaj M (2019). Epigenetic regulation of motivated behaviors by histone deacetylase inhibitors. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 305-317. PubMed

Sailer L, Duclot F, Wang Z, Kabbaj M (2019). Consequences of prenatal exposure to valproic acid in the socially monogamous prairie voles. Sci Rep, 9(1):2453. PubMed

Schoepfer KJ, Strong CE, Saland SK, Wright KN, Kabbaj M (2019). Sex- and dose-dependent abuse liability of repeated subanesthetic ketamine in rats.. Physiol Behav, 60-69. PubMed

Strong CE, Wright KN, Kabbaj M (2019). Sex and Individual Differences in Alcohol Intake Are Associated with Differences in Ketamine Self-Administration Behaviors and Nucleus Accumbens Dendritic Spine Density. eNeuro, 6(6). PubMed

Wright KN, Hagarty DP, Strong CE, Schoepfer KJ, Kabbaj M (2019). Sex-Dependent Ketamine Addiction-Like Behavior Profile Following Exposure to Chronic Mild Stress. Chronic Stress, . PubMed

Dossat AM, Wright KN, Strong CE, Kabbaj M (2018). Behavioral and biochemical sensitivity to low doses of ketamine: Influence of estrous cycle in C57BL/6 mice. Neuropharmacology, 30-41. PubMed

Higgins R, Kabbaj M, Hatcher A, Wang Y (2018). The absence of specific yeast heat-shock proteins leads to abnormal aggregation and compromised autophagic clearance of mutant Huntingtin proteins. PLoS One, 13(1):e0191490. PubMed

Kabbaj M, Wang Z (2018). Neurobiology of motivated behaviors. Integr Zool, 13(6):613-615. PubMed

Saland SK, Kabbaj M (2018). Sex Differences in the Pharmacokinetics of Low-dose Ketamine in Plasma and Brain of Male and Female Rats. J Pharmacol Exp Ther, 367(3):393-404. PubMed

Strong CE, Kabbaj M (2018). On the safety of repeated ketamine infusions for the treatment of depression: Effects of sex and developmental periods. Neurobiol Stress, 166-175. PubMed

Wang W, Duclot F, Groveman BR, Carrier N, Qiao H, Fang XQ, Wang H, Xin W, Jiang XH, Salter MW, Ding XS, Kabbaj M, Yu XM (2018). Hippocampal protein kinase D1 is necessary for DHPG-induced learning and memory impairments in rats. PLoS One, 13(4):e0195095. PubMed

Wright KN, Dossat AM, Strong CE, Sailer LL, Pavlock SM, Kabbaj M (2018). Optogenetic inhibition of medial prefrontal cortex projections to the nucleus accumbens core and methyl supplementation via L-Methionine attenuates cocaine-primed reinstatement. Integr Zool, 13(6):795-803. PubMed

Wright KN, Kabbaj M (2018). Sex differences in sub-anesthetic ketamine's antidepressant effects and abuse liability. Curr Opin Behav Sci, 36-41. PubMed

Dossat AM, Jourdi H, Wright KN, Strong CE, Sarkar A, Kabbaj M (2017). Viral-mediated Zif268 expression in the prefrontal cortex protects against gonadectomy-induced working memory, long-term memory, and social interaction deficits in male rats. Neuroscience, 243-257. PubMed

Dossat AM, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Koutnik AP, Leitner S, Ruiz EL, Griffin B, Rosenberg JT, Grant SC, Fincham FD, Pinto JR, Kabbaj M (2017). Pathogenesis of depression- and anxiety-like behavior in an animal model of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. FASEB J, 31(6):2492-2506. PubMed

Duclot F, Kabbaj M (2017). Comparative transcriptomic analysis of the effects of antidepressant drugs in stress-susceptible mice. Biol Psychiatry , 81(4):278-279. PubMed

Saland SK, Duclot F, Kabbaj M (2017). Integrative analysis of sex differences in the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine in preclinical models for individualized clinical outcomes. Curr Opin Behav Sci, 19-26. PubMed

Strong CE, Schoepfer KJ, Dossat AM, Saland SK, Wright KN, Kabbaj M (2017). Locomotor sensitization to intermittent ketamine administration is associated with nucleus accumbens plasticity in male and female rats. Neuropharmacology, 195-203. PubMed

Sun H, Damez-Werno DM, Scobie KN, Shao NY, Dias C, Rabkin J, Wright KN, Mouzon E, Kabbaj M, Neve R, Turecki G, Shen L, Nestler EJ (2017). Regulation of BAZ1A and nucleosome positioning in the nucleus accumbens in response to cocaine. Neuroscience, 353:1-6. PubMed

Wright KN, Strong CE, Addonizio MN, Brownstein NC, Kabbaj M (2017). Reinforcing properties of an intermittent, low dose of ketamine in rats: effects of sex and cycle. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 234(3):393-401. PubMed

Duclot F, Perez-Taboada I, Wright KN, Kabbaj M (2016). Prediction of individual differences in fear response by novelty seeking, and disruption of contextual fear memory reconsolidation by ketamine. Neuropharmacology, 293-305. PubMed

Sarkar A, Kabbaj M (2016). Sex Differences in Effects of Ketamine on Behavior, Spine Density, and Synaptic Proteins in Socially Isolated Rats. Biol Psychiatry, 80(6):448-456. PubMed

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