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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 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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 5262 - Application of Bioinformatics and Genomics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    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 2019 / Spring 2020
    Must have 4 credit hours and may be repeated up to 6 total credits.


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