Kenira J. Thompson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology


Research Info

Dr. Kenira J. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at PSM. Dr. Thompson completed her doctoral work (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and postdoctoral training (University of Texas-San Antonio with Dr. Joe L. Martinez) in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her NIH-funded research laboratory combines behavior, electrophysiology, and molecular techniques to explore gene expression changes in hippocampal plasticity during learning and memory. She is also interested in hippocampal changes that occur following whole brain irradiation and traumatic brain injury. She has vast experience in behavioral neuroscience, electrophysiology, and microarray technology. She has published in journals such as: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Brain Research Molecular Brain Research, and Behavioural Brain Research. She currently serves as a peer reviewer for: Neuroscience, Physiological Genomics, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, and Brain Research. In 2005, she received the prestigious American College for Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Minority Faculty Training Award.                                                 

Ongoing projects:

  • Role of glutamate transporters in hippocampal plasticity

  • BDNF-induced modulation at the mossy fiber hippocampal synapse

  • Stress-induced changes in the progression of endometriosis


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