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Translational Neuroscience Program      
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Education:
Ph.D., Neuroscience, 2005, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S., Biochemistry, 2000, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
B.S., Psychology, 2000, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Research Interests:
Dr. Torregrossa's research program focuses on understanding how motivational, cognitive, and learning and memory systems are altered in psychiatric disorders and to use biochemical and proteomic methods to find novel means of prevention and treatment. Current projects ongoing in the laboratory include understanding how learning and memory systems are affected by long-term exposure to drugs of abuse, and using animal models to determine how manipulations of learning and memory may be used to treat addiction and prevent relapse. In addition, Dr. Torregrossa is interested in how environmental and genetic factors interact to produce vulnerability to addiction and "risky" personality traits, such as impulsivity. Dr. Torregrossa's research program is particularly interested in how high levels of stress and stress hormones during critical prefrontal cortical developmental windows, including adolescence, increase long-term risk for psychiatric disorders such as alcoholism, drug addiction, and anxiety disorders.
   
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Contact Information:
    University of Pittsburgh
    450 Technology Drive
    Bridgeside Point II, Suite 223
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone: (412) 624-5723
    Fax: (412) 624-5280
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David A. Lewis, M.D. | Department of Psychiatry | University of Pittsburgh
3811 O'Hara Street, Biomedical Science Tower W1654
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-2593
Phone: (412) 624-3894 - Fax: (412) 624-9910