I am a behavioral neuroscientist interested in learning and behavior, memory, and addiction. I’m thrilled to be joining Earlham College and becoming a part of this thriving community. Most of all, I am so excited to start interacting with Earlham students in the classroom and in the lab. When I am not running experiments or teaching, I love to ride my bike, play soccer, and cook.
- University of Texas at Austin, Postdoctoral Training
- Oregon Health & Science University, Ph.D.
- University of Colorado Boulder, M.S.
- Willamette University, B.A.
My research program focuses on trying to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms that govern the formation, storage and recall of drug-associated memories. Using a rodent model, I use Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning to study the neuronal substrates of drug-associated memories.
My goal is to start novel and exciting experiments here at Earlham. My first set of aims will focus on trying to understand how memories of prior drug exposure and use are stored in the hippocampus and in brain regions that project to the hippocampus. Any students interested in doing research related to the neurobiology of addiction and memory are welcome to reach out!
Zuniga, A., Smith, M.L., Caruso, M., & Ryabinin, A. E. (Under Revision). Vesicular glutamate transporter 2-containing neurons of the centrally-projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus regulate alcohol drinking and body temperature. Neuropharmacology.
Zuniga, A., Ryabinin, A. E., & Cunningham, C.L. (2020). Effects of pharmacological inhibition of the Edinger-Westphal nucleus on ethanol-induced conditioned place preference and body temperature. Alcohol (87).
Zuniga, A., Ryabinin, A. E. (2020). Involvement of centrally-projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus neuropeptides in actions of addictive drugs. Brain Sciences 10 (2).
Zuniga, A., & Cunningham, C. L. (2019). Rewarding and aversive doses of caffeine alter activity but not conditioned place preference induced by ethanol in DBA/2J mice. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 187 (172799)
Duncan J.E., Lytle, N.K., Zuniga A., & Goldstein, L.S.B. (2013). The Microtubule Regulatory Protein Stathmin Is Required to Maintain the Integrity of Axonal Microtubules in Drosophila. PLoS ONE 8(6).
Deussing, J.M., Ryabinin, A.E., Zuniga, A., Kozicz, T. (2017). Action of CRF/urocortin peptides. in de Kloet, E.R. (Ed.) Hormones, Brain & Behavior (3rd ed). Elsevier.