Ryan M Drenan

  • 1529 Citations
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Research Interests

We study the physiological processes regulated by native nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), a large family of ligand gated ion channel proteins. These receptors mediate key aspects of cholinergic signaling in the brain, and are involved in several important cognitive processes, including motivated behavior, affective behavior, attention, and learning/memory. Aberrant nAChR activity is linked to several neurological diseases/disorders, such as nicotine addiction, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. We utilize a broad range of techniques, including patch clamp electrophysiology, confocal and two-photon imaging, immunohistochemistry, and behavioral approaches.

Training Experience

2010Postdoctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Washington University

… → 2006

Research interests

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency
  • Cell Imaging
  • Cellular Electrophysiology
  • Drug Abuse
  • Electrophysiology
  • Ion Channels
  • Neuroscience

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Grants 2016 2023

Tobacco Use Disorder
Presynaptic Terminals
Nicotinic Receptors
Guide RNA
Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
Ligand-Gated Ion Channels
Tobacco Use Disorder
Nicotinic Receptors
Nicotinic Receptors
Dopaminergic Neurons

Research Output 2001 2019

  • 1529 Citations
  • 36 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution

Probing nicotinic acetylcholine receptor function in mouse brain slices via laser flash photolysis of photoactivatable nicotine

Arvin, M. C., Wokosin, D. L., Banala, S., Lavis, L. D. & Drenan, R. M., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2019, 143, e58873.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nicotinic Receptors
4 Citations (Scopus)

Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptors in VTA Glutamate Neurons Modulate Excitatory Transmission

Yan, Y., Peng, C., Arvin, M. C., Jin, X. T., Kim, V. J., Ramsey, M. D., Wang, Y., Banala, S., Wokosin, D. L., McIntosh, J. M., Lavis, L. D. & Drenan, R. M., May 22 2018, In : Cell reports. 23, 8, p. 2236-2244 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ventral Tegmental Area
Nicotinic Receptors
Cholinergic Receptors
Glutamic Acid
6 Citations (Scopus)

Photoactivatable drugs for nicotinic optopharmacology

Banala, S., Arvin, M. C., Bannon, N. M., Jin, X. T., Macklin, J. J., Wang, Y., Peng, C., Zhao, G., Marshall, J. J., Gee, K. R., Wokosin, D. L., Kim, V. J., McIntosh, J. M., Contractor, A., Lester, H. A., Kozorovitskiy, Y., Drenan, R. M. & Lavis, L. D., Apr 27 2018, In : Nature Methods. 15, 5, p. 347-350 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nicotinic Receptors
Ammonium Compounds
2 Citations (Scopus)

Altered nicotine reward-associated behavior following α4 nAChR subunit deletion in ventral midbrain

Peng, C., Engle, S. E., Yan, Y., Weera, M. M., Berry, J. N., Arvin, M. C., Zhao, G., McIntosh, J. M., Chester, J. A. & Drenan, R. M., Jul 1 2017, In : PloS one. 12, 7, e0182142.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Deletion of lynx1 reduces the function of α6∗ nicotinic receptors

Parker, R. L., O’Neill, H. C., Henley, B. M., Wageman, C. R., Drenan, R. M., Marks, M. J., Miwa, J. M., Grady, S. R. & Lester, H. A., Dec 1 2017, In : PloS one. 12, 12, e0188715.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cholinergic receptors
Nicotinic Receptors