Tresa McGranahan, MD, PhD

EDUCATION:

Internship: Naval Medical Center San Diego

 Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, June 2013

Graduate School: University of California, San Diego, Ph.D. in Neurosciences, May 2011

Dissertation: “The Role of Alpha4 Containing Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Dopamine Neurons”
Advisor:
Steven Heinemann, Ph.D.

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley, 2004. Bachelor of Arts, Molecular and Cell Biology (emphasis on neurobiology)

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Neuro- Oncology 
  • Neuroinflammation

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

McGranahan, T.M., Patzlaff, N.E., Grady, S.R., Heinemann, S.F., and Booker, T.K. Alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on dopaminergic neurons mediate nicotine reward and anxiety relief. Journal of Neuroscience (2011) PMID: 21795541

Dayas, C.V., McGranahan, T.M., Martin-Fardon, R. and Weiss, F. Stimuli linked to ethanol availability activate hypothalamic CART and orexin neurons in a reinstatement model of relapse. Biological Psychiatry  (2007) PMID: 17570346

McGranahan, T.M., Heinemann, S.F., and Booker, T.K. Dopaminergic alpha4 containing nicotinic receptors are involved in nicotine reward. Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research annual meeting. Baltimore, MD (2010)

McGranahan, T.M., Patzlaff, N.E., Grady, S.R., Heinemann, S.F., and Booker, T.K. Dopaminergic alpha4 containing nicotinic receptors are involved in anxiolytic effects of nicotine. Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. San Diego, CA (2010)

Greenhall, J. A., McGranahan, T.M., and Heinemann, S.F. The aging cortex in mice lacking fibroblast growth factors. Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. San Diego, CA (2007)

HONORS AND AWARDS

-  Clerkship Teaching Award, Stanford University, Neurology Department

-  Department of Neurosciences Senior Award, University of California, San Diego

- Medical scientist training award, university of California, San DiegO

-  I.L. Chaikoff Award, University of California, Berkeley

-  Summer Undergraduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

-  Neuroengineering Summer Fellowship , University of California, Los Angeles