Annelyn Torres, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • August 2005 to July 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology and Neuroscience, Division of Neurobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.
  • May 2005: Ph.D. in Neural Sciences and Behavior, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • September 2002-May 2005: Graduate student, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
  • August 1999- July 2002: Graduate student, Department of Physiology, Ponce School of Medicine (PSM), Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • 1995-1999: B.S. in General Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Cayey, Puerto Rico. Magna-Cum Laude.
Current Research, Teaching and Professional Appointments
  • July 2012 to present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology and Dept. of Psychology, Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • MD Curriculum Committee and Students Promotions Committee
Courses Offered
  • Medical Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Selected electives
On-Going Research
  • My research interests are concentrated on sex-dependent effects of neuropeptide systems (opioids, HPA axis) in behavioral manifestations. There are two main lines of research in our lab: We are interested in studying how acute and chronic opioids affect conditioned learning responses. We are also interested in looking at how chronic inflammatory disease such as endometriosis affect behavior and central peptide mechanisms that control stress and analgesia.
Membership of Professional Societies
  • Society for Neuroscience
    President, Puerto Rico Chapter 2013
    American Physiological Society
    Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    New York Academy of Sciences
    Neurobehavioral Teratology Society

Research Interest
  • I bring expertise in brain opioid systems, as well as an extensive background in female rat brain physiology. I also have expertise in multiple models of rodent behavioral assessment and sex differences. I have experience in many anatomical techniques including light and electron microscopy immunocytochemistry, as well as extensive background on statistical analyses. In addition I also have experience on ontology of sex-dependent behavioral manifestations and how different drugs can affect it. I have supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate student and one of my favorite teaching activities is to supervise graduate students in the laboratory. I have expertise in teaching experience on Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology. I currently hold an active collaboration with Dr. Caroline Appleyard from Ponce School of Medicine looking at the brain-gut axis interactions on the development of chronic diseases such as endometriosis. I believe my expertise on sex-differences brings a unique opportunity to develop multiple collaborative research projects with a clinically relevant perspective.