Der-Avakian, Andre

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0603
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Andre Der-Avakian, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. His research is focused on the development of novel cross-species translational behavioral tests of reward processing in rodents. Specifically, he is interested in stress-induced disruption of reward processing as it relates to the symptom of anhedonia, or loss of pleasure, seen in several psychiatric disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and drug addiction. Current projects include investigation of metabotropic glutamate 2/3 receptors in stress-induced anhedonia. Dr. Der-Avakian is also interested in understanding the neurobiological factors that promote resilience to stress-induced anhedonia.

    Dr. Der-Avakian received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where he was awarded a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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    Developing rodent models of PTSD/AUD: leveraging clinic-based strategies
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA026560Sep 12, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Lead optimization of Novel mGlu2 Negative Allosteric Modulators
    NIH/NIMH R01MH106865Apr 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2019
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    A Translational Investigation of Anhedonia and its Underlying Neural Mechanisms
    NIH/NIMH F32MH080585Sep 18, 2008 - Sep 17, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Geyer MA, Semenova S, Li X, Der-Avakian A, Barnes SA, Grant I. Overview of the Biography and Legacy of Professor Athina Markou. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 01; 83(11):910-912. PMID: 29501205.
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    2. Der-Avakian A, Pizzagalli DA. Translational Assessments of Reward and Anhedonia: A Tribute to Athina Markou. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 01; 83(11):932-939. PMID: 29615189.
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    3. Boutros N, Der-Avakian A, Kesby JP, Lee S, Markou A, Semenova S. Effects of adolescent alcohol exposure on stress-induced reward deficits, brain CRF, monoamines and glutamate in adult rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2018 Mar; 235(3):737-747. PMID: 29181815.
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    4. Deslauriers J, Toth M, Der-Avakian A, Risbrough VB. Current Status of Animal Models of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Behavioral and Biological Phenotypes, and Future Challenges in Improving Translation. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 May 15; 83(10):895-907. PMID: 29338843.
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    5. Barnes SA, Der-Avakian A, Young JW. Preclinical Models to Investigate Mechanisms of Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull. 2017 Jul 01; 43(4):706-711. PMID: 28586462.
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    6. Der-Avakian A, D'Souza MS, Potter DN, Chartoff EH, Carlezon WA, Pizzagalli DA, Markou A. Social defeat disrupts reward learning and potentiates striatal nociceptin/orphanin FQ mRNA in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 May; 234(9-10):1603-1614. PMID: 28280884.
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    7. Boutros N, Der-Avakian A, Markou A, Semenova S. Effects of early life stress and adolescent ethanol exposure on adult cognitive performance in the 5-choice serial reaction time task in Wistar male rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 May; 234(9-10):1549-1556. PMID: 28197651.
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    8. Boutros N, Der-Avakian A, Semenova S, Lee S, Markou A. Risky choice and brain CRF after adolescent ethanol vapor exposure and social stress in adulthood. Behav Brain Res. 2016 09 15; 311:160-166. PMID: 27217101.
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    9. Der-Avakian A, Barnes SA, Markou A, Pizzagalli DA. Translational Assessment of Reward and Motivational Deficits in Psychiatric Disorders. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2016; 28:231-62. PMID: 26873017; PMCID: PMC4983255 [Available on 01/01/17].
    10. Hall FS, Der-Avakian A, Gould TJ, Markou A, Shoaib M, Young JW. Negative affective states and cognitive impairments in nicotine dependence. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2015 Nov; 58:168-85. PMID: 26054790.
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    11. Landgraf D, Long J, Der-Avakian A, Streets M, Welsh DK. Dissociation of learned helplessness and fear conditioning in mice: a mouse model of depression. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0125892. PMID: 25928892; PMCID: PMC4416012.
    12. Pergadia ML, Der-Avakian A, D'Souza MS, Madden PAF, Heath AC, Shiffman S, Markou A, Pizzagalli DA. Association between nicotine withdrawal and reward responsiveness in humans and rats. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 71(11):1238-1245. PMID: 25208057; PMCID: PMC4353576.
    13. Dhanya RP, Sheffler DJ, Dahl R, Davis M, Lee PS, Yang L, Nickols HH, Cho HP, Smith LH, D'Souza MS, Conn PJ, Der-Avakian A, Markou A, Cosford ND. Design and synthesis of systemically active metabotropic glutamate subtype-2 and -3 (mGlu2/3) receptor positive allosteric modulators (PAMs): pharmacological characterization and assessment in a rat model of cocaine dependence. J Med Chem. 2014 May 22; 57(10):4154-72. PMID: 24735492; PMCID: PMC4033659.
    14. Der-Avakian A, Mazei-Robison MS, Kesby JP, Nestler EJ, Markou A. Enduring deficits in brain reward function after chronic social defeat in rats: susceptibility, resilience, and antidepressant response. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Oct 01; 76(7):542-9. PMID: 24576687; PMCID: PMC4117827.
    15. Barnes SA, Der-Avakian A, Markou A. Anhedonia, avolition, and anticipatory deficits: assessments in animals with relevance to the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2014 May; 24(5):744-58. PMID: 24183826; PMCID: PMC3986268.
    16. Der-Avakian A, D'Souza MS, Pizzagalli DA, Markou A. Assessment of reward responsiveness in the response bias probabilistic reward task in rats: implications for cross-species translational research. Transl Psychiatry. 2013 Aug 27; 3:e297. PMID: 23982629; PMCID: PMC3756297.
    17. Der-Avakian A, Markou A. The neurobiology of anhedonia and other reward-related deficits. Trends Neurosci. 2012 Jan; 35(1):68-77. PMID: 22177980; PMCID: PMC3253139.
    18. Rozeske RR, Der-Avakian A, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Activation of the medial prefrontal cortex by escapable stress is necessary for protection against subsequent inescapable stress-induced potentiation of morphine conditioned place preference. Eur J Neurosci. 2012 Jan; 35(1):160-5. PMID: 22118376; PMCID: PMC3251642.
    19. Der-Avakian A, Markou A. Neonatal maternal separation exacerbates the reward-enhancing effect of acute amphetamine administration and the anhedonic effect of repeated social defeat in adult rats. Neuroscience. 2010 Nov 10; 170(4):1189-98. PMID: 20691770; PMCID: PMC2949486.
    20. Der-Avakian A, Markou A. Withdrawal from chronic exposure to amphetamine, but not nicotine, leads to an immediate and enduring deficit in motivated behavior without affecting social interaction in rats. Behav Pharmacol. 2010 Jul; 21(4):359-68. PMID: 20571366; PMCID: PMC4082429.
    21. Rozeske RR, Der-Avakian A, Bland ST, Beckley JT, Watkins LR, Maier SF. The medial prefrontal cortex regulates the differential expression of morphine-conditioned place preference following a single exposure to controllable or uncontrollable stress. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Mar; 34(4):834-43. PMID: 18368036; PMCID: PMC2653625.
    22. Frank MG, Der-Avakian A, Bland ST, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Stress-induced glucocorticoids suppress the antisense molecular regulation of FGF-2 expression. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2007 May; 32(4):376-84. PMID: 17383826.
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    23. Der-Avakian A, Bland ST, Rozeske RR, Tamblyn JP, Hutchinson MR, Watkins LR, Maier SF. The effects of a single exposure to uncontrollable stress on the subsequent conditioned place preference responses to oxycodone, cocaine, and ethanol in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007 May; 191(4):909-17. PMID: 17211647.
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    24. Der-Avakian A, Rozeske RR, Bland ST, Watkins LR, Maier SF. The effects of a single session of inescapable tailshock on the subsequent locomotor response to brief footshock and cocaine administration in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007 May; 191(4):899-907. PMID: 17211648.
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    25. Der-Avakian A, Bland ST, Schmid MJ, Watkins LR, Spencer RL, Maier SF. The role of glucocorticoids in the uncontrollable stress-induced potentiation of nucleus accumbens shell dopamine and conditioned place preference responses to morphine. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2006 Jun; 31(5):653-63. PMID: 16584846.
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    26. Bilbo SD, Biedenkapp JC, Der-Avakian A, Watkins LR, Rudy JW, Maier SF. Neonatal infection-induced memory impairment after lipopolysaccharide in adulthood is prevented via caspase-1 inhibition. J Neurosci. 2005 Aug 31; 25(35):8000-9. PMID: 16135757.
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    27. Bland ST, Schmid MJ, Der-Avakian A, Watkins LR, Spencer RL, Maier SF. Expression of c-fos and BDNF mRNA in subregions of the prefrontal cortex of male and female rats after acute uncontrollable stress. Brain Res. 2005 Jul 27; 1051(1-2):90-9. PMID: 15993862.
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    28. Der-Avakian A, Will MJ, Bland ST, Deak T, Nguyen KT, Schmid MJ, Spencer RL, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Surgical and pharmacological suppression of glucocorticoids prevents the enhancement of morphine conditioned place preference by uncontrollable stress in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2005 May; 179(2):409-17. PMID: 15821955.
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    29. Bland ST, Twining C, Schmid MJ, Der-Avakian A, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Stress potentiation of morphine-induced dopamine efflux in the nucleus accumbens shell is dependent upon stressor uncontrollability and is mediated by the dorsal raphe nucleus. Neuroscience. 2004; 126(3):705-15. PMID: 15183519.
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    30. Will MJ, Der-Avakian A, Bland ST, Grahn RE, Hammack SE, Sparks PD, Pepin JL, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Electrolytic lesions and pharmacological inhibition of the dorsal raphe nucleus prevent stressor potentiation of morphine conditioned place preference in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2004 Jan; 171(2):191-8. PMID: 13680080.
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    31. Hammack SE, Schmid MJ, LoPresti ML, Der-Avakian A, Pellymounter MA, Foster AC, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Corticotropin releasing hormone type 2 receptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus mediate the behavioral consequences of uncontrollable stress. J Neurosci. 2003 Feb 01; 23(3):1019-25. PMID: 12574432.
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    32. Will MJ, Der-Avakian A, Pepin JL, Durkan BT, Watkins LR, Maier SF. Modulation of the locomotor properties of morphine and amphetamine by uncontrollable stress. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2002 Jan-Feb; 71(1-2):345-51. PMID: 11812543.
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