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Stitzel, Jerry A Associate Professor

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  • The Stitzel laboratory is interested in the molecular and physiological mechanisms leading to nicotine dependence and co-morbid psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and ADHD. Current studies include 1) identifying novel genes that influence nicotine consumption 2) determining the functional consequence and mechanism of action of genetic variants known to impact drug seeking behavior 3) establishing mechanisms through which nicotine exposure in utero increases the offspring’s risk for nicotine dependence, ADHD and schizophrenia and 4) understanding the mechanisms through which nicotine withdrawal disrupts sleep and how this information can lead to better treatments for smoking cessation.

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  • Neurogenetics, pharmacogenetics, behavioral genetics, psychiatric genetics, molecular genetics, addiction genetics, behavioral and biochemical pharmacology, nicotine, nicotinic receptors

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Teaching

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  • IPHY 2910 - Practicum in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 3010 - Teaching in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching specific laboratory sections in IPHY under direct faculty supervision. Students must make arrangements with the faculty member responsible for the course in which they plan to assist. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 4200 - Physiological Genetics and Genomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers fundamental concepts in molecular genetics/genomics with physiological applications. Topics include structure and function of nucleic acids, genome structure, genetic and genomic research tools, methods for identifying disease-causing mutations, regulation of gene expression, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and ethical issues in modern genomics. First course of a 3-course series recommended for IBG students. Includes a recitation section. Same as IPHY 5200.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 5200 - Physiological Genetics and Genomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers fundamental concepts in molecular genetics/genomics with physiological applications. Topics include structure and function of nucleic acids, genome structure, genetic and genomic research tools, methods for identifying disease-causing mutations, regulation of gene expression, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and ethical issues in modern genomics. First course of a 3-course series recommended for IBG students. Includes a recitation section. Same as IPHY 4200 and PSYC 5200.
  • IPHY 6010 - Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Presents special topics in integrative physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • PSYC 5200 - Physiological Genetics and Genomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers fundamental concepts in molecular genetics/genomics with physiological applications. Topics include structure and function of nucleic acids, genome structure, genetic and genomic research tools, methods for identifying disease-causing mutations, regulation of gene expression, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and ethical issues in modern genomics. First course of a 3-course series recommended for IBG students. Includes a recitation section. Same as IPHY 4200 and IPHY 5200.
  • PSYC 7102 - Seminar: Behavioral Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Intensive study of selected topics in behavioral genetics. Emphasizes recent research. Attention to both human and animal studies. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

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