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Herbert E Covington, III, Assistant Professor

Herbert E Covington, III
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Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
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Current projects: Cortical mechanisms of depression, Optogenetic dissection of brain circuits in addiction

The ultimate goal of our research laboratory is to determine how the functional activity of neurons in limbic circuitry is controlled and altered by cellular and molecular mechanisms, particularly in response to stressors or drugs of abuse, which can ultimately promote dysregulated behavioral routines that are expressed during depressive and addictive states.


Senior Research Associate, Howard Bomze; Laboratory Manager, Kristine DeMaio; Postdoctoral Scholar, Stephen Mague; Postdoctoral Scholar, Rainbo Hultman; Graduate Student, Michael Lacagnina; Undergraduate Thesis Student, Jeanette Du; Undergraduate Thesis Student, Nadine Michel; Undergraduate Thesis Student, Rett Jackson; Undergraduate Thesis Student, Emily Pott; Undergraduate Thesis Student, Kelly Andrejko; Collaborator: Dr. Kafui Dzirasa
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  1. Miczek, Klaus A. and Nikulina, Ella M. and Takahashi, Aki and Covington, Herbert E. and Yap, Jasmine J. and Boyson, Christopher O. and Shimamoto, Akiko and de Almeida, Rosa M. M. (2011). Gene expression in aminergic and peptidergic cells during aggression and defeat: relevance to violence, depression and drug abuse.. Behavior genetics, 41(6), 787--802. [21416141], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Covington, Herbert E. and Maze, Ian and Sun, HaoSheng and Bomze, Howard M. and DeMaio, Kristine D. and Wu, Emma Y. and Dietz, David M. and Lobo, Mary Kay and Ghose, Subroto and Mouzon, Ezekiel and Neve, Rachael L. and Tamminga, Carol A. and Nestler, Eric J. (2011). A role for repressive histone methylation in cocaine-induced vulnerability to stress.. Neuron, 71(4), 656--670. [21867882], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Golden, Sam A. and Covington, Herbert E. and Berton, Olivier and Russo, Scott J. (2011). A standardized protocol for repeated social defeat stress in mice.. Nature protocols, 6(8), 1183--1191. [21799487], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Miczek, Klaus A. and Nikulina, Ella M. and Shimamoto, Akiko and Covington, Herbert E. (2011). Escalated or suppressed cocaine reward, tegmental BDNF, and accumbal dopamine caused by episodic versus continuous social stress in rats.. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(27), 9848--9857. [21734276], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Covington, Herbert E. and Vialou, Vincent F. and LaPlant, Quincey and Ohnishi, Yoshinori N. and Nestler, Eric J. (2011). Hippocampal-dependent antidepressant-like activity of histone deacetylase inhibition.. Neuroscience letters, 493(3), 122--126. [21335060], [doi]  [abs]

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