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Ehringer, Marissa A Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Ehringer's research is aimed at identifying and understanding genetic underpinnings associated with drug addiction (alcohol, nicotine, opioids). One major component of her work is to study variations in the human genes that have been associated with drug behaviors in order to understand the underlying biology. Her laboratory uses human statistical genetics and molecular approaches to study the biological mechanisms that may be influenced by differences in genes. Another project in the lab is focused on understanding the effects of voluntary exercise on alcohol behaviors, and identifying differences in gene expression correlated with alcohol use and exercise.


  • behavioral genetics, nicotine and alcohol addiction, exercise and alcohol behaviors


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courses taught

  • IPHY 2800 - Introduction to Statistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the application of statistics to research relevant to integrative physiology. Includes instruction and hands-on experience with related computer programs and interpretation of the results of their use. Recommended prerequisite: MATH 1300.
  • IPHY 3280 - Intro to Data Science and Biostatistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Builds a foundation for modern data analysis and experimental design in the context of human physiology, health and disease. An intuitive understanding of probability, statistical methods, test outcomes and data relationships are emphasized over rigorous mathematical proofs. Foundational analytical skills using R and R Studio are developed using real and simulated data.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 5262 - Application of Bioinformatics and Genomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explore public websites, databases, and bioinformatic tools that can be used for analysis of genomic data. These include NCBI Resources, genome databases, gene expression databases, tools for nucleotide and algorithms analyses and protein databases. Students develop a mini-grant proposal that is required to incorporate use of some of the tools covered. Recommended prerequisite: IPHY 5200 and IPHY 5102.
  • IPHY 6010 - Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Presents special topics in integrative physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    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.
  • IPHY 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Must have 4 credit hours and may be repeated up to 6 total credits.


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