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Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez

RESEARCH

Dr. Salas-Ramirez’s research interests are to understand how drugs of abuse impact the brain at different times of development. Her doctoral dissertation focused on studying how the adolescent brain is different than the adult brain by looking at the immediate and long-term effects of anabolic steroids on social behaviors and neurogenesis in a rodent model. These studies determined that the adolescent brain is more vulnerable to the long-lasting effects of steroids by showing a marked increase in aggressive behaviors in adulthood after adolescent exposure. Her work as a post doc at Sophie Davis extended that work by looking at prenatal, adolescent and adult cocaine exposure and its effects on adult cognition. This work has established that cocaine exposure during prenatal and adolescent development causes long-term cognitive deficits in adult rodents. In addition, another component of her work is to understand sex differences after cocaine exposure. Current and future projects are focused on investigating the mechanisms by which cocaine impacts neural plasticity, that in turn can impact behavior.

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez
CUNY Medical School
Departemnt of Physiology and Pharmacology
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
t. 212.650.8255
f. 212.650.7726
ksalasram@ccny.cuny.edu