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Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University

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Rong Chen

Rong Chen

I am a molecular and behavioral neuropharmacologist with nearly 15 years of experience conducting research on rodent models of substance abuse. My current research focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms of the dopaminergic and serotonergic system in psycostimulant abuse. I use behavioral, molecular, genetic, and confocal microscopic approaches to investigate the functional changes of presynaptic monoamine transporters and autoreceptors upon acute and chronic psychostimulant exposure. Furthermore, I am also interested in identifying novel adaptor proteins for transporters and autoreceptors in regulation of their function, trafficking and signaling.


Kaur K, Parra S, Chen R, Charbeneau RA, Wade SM, Jay PY, Neubig RR. G alpha i2 signaling: friend or foe in cardiac injury and heart failure?. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2012;385(5):443-453.