Jen Rinker, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral FellowJen.Rinker

Office | Davie Hall, CB# 3270
Email | jrinker@email.unc.edu

Biography:

B.S. Biology/Psychology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

M.A. Biological Psychology, American University, Washington, DC

Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, American University, Washington, DC

As a postdoc in Dr. Thiele’s lab, my research has been focused on defining the role of neuromodulators (like NPY and CRF) in regulating binge-alcohol consumption and the transition to dependence. Specifically, I have helped to characterize the role of NPY-signaling in the central nucleus of the amygdala and identifying the specific circuits and potential mechanisms involved in regulating binge-like alcohol consumption. Additionally, I have been working to define a role for a local CRF microcircuit in the ventral tegmental area in regulating binge-alcohol drinking. To accomplish these research goals, I have employed a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular techniques, including site-directed behavioral pharmacology, viral vector-mediated transgene delivery, Cre-inducible DREADD expression, Cre-Flox technology, immunohistochemistry, Western immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, qRT-PCR.

For more information:

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-a-rinker/6/989/508

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Rinker/