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    Dorit Ron, PhD

    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
    San Francisco CA 94158
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      University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral StudiesGraduate Division

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      Dr. Ron is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel. She obtained her PhD in Pharmacology from the Hebrew University Jerusalem. She then did her postdoctoral training at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University studying the role of scaffolding proteins in signal transduction under the mentorship of Prof. Daria Mochly-Rosen. She has been at the Ernest Gallo Research Center at UCSF for over 10 years. Dr. Ron is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She is also the Endowed Chair in Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UCSF, the Scientific Director for a P50 NIH-NIAAA Center Grant and the Director of Intramural Programs at the Ernest Gallo Research Center. She is a recipient of three NIH RO1 grant awards, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, Addiction Biology, the Alcohol Journal, as well as a field editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

      Dr. Ron's research focuses on the molecular neurobiology of alcohol use disorders for which her laboratory uses molecular, electrophysiological and rodent behavior approaches. Dr. Ron's areas of expertise are: molecular neuroscience, signal transduction, neurobiology of addiction and psychiatric disorders. She has published extensively in high impact factor journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the Journal of Neuroscience, FASEB Journal, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and many others. Over the years her group has made several major contributions to the field of addiction and identified novel targets that could potentially be developed as therapeutics to treat alcohol addiction. Several of her studies resulted in UCSF press releases which received the attention of both the scientific community and the general public.

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      1. Wang J, Cheng Y, Wang X, Roltsch Hellard E, Ma T, Gil H, Ben Hamida S, Ron D. Alcohol Elicits Functional and Structural Plasticity Selectively in Dopamine D1 Receptor-Expressing Neurons of the Dorsomedial Striatum. J Neurosci. 2015 Aug 19; 35(33):11634-43.
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      2. Barak S, Liu F, Ben Hamida S, Yowell QV, Neasta J, Kharazia V, Janak PH and Ron D. Nature Neurosci June 3, 2013 [epub ahead of print]. Disruption of alcohol-related memories by mTORC1 inhibition prevents relapse. 2013.
      3. Ahmadiantehrani S, Barak S and Ron D. Addiction Biology January 9, 2013 [epub ahead of print]. GDNF is a novel ethanol-responsive gene in the VTA: Implications for the development and persistence of excessive drinking. 2013.
      4. Davies DL, Bortolato M, Finn DA, Ramaker MJ, Barak S, Ron D, Liang J, Olsen RW. Alcohol: Clin Exp Res. Recent advances in the discovery and preclinical testing of novel compounds for the prevention and/or treatment of alcohol use disorders. 2013; 37:8-15.
      5. Ahmadiantehrani S and Ron D. J Neurochem. Dopamine D2 receptor activation leads to an upregulation of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor via Gbetagamma-Erk1/2-dependent induction of Zif268. 2013; 125:193-204.
      6. Warnault V, Darcq E, Levine A, Barak S, Ron D. Transl Psychiatry. Chromatin remodeling - A novel strategy to control excessive alcohol drinking. 2013; e231(3).
      7. Neasta J, Kiely PA, He DY, Adams DR, O'Connor R, Ron D. . J Biol Chem. Direct interaction between scaffolding proteins RACK1 and 14-3-3zeta regulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) transcription. 2012; 287:322-36.
      8. Ron D, Messing RO. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience-Behavioral Neurobiology of Alcohol Addiction. Signaling pathways mediating alcohol effects. 2012; 13:87-126.
      9. Rewal M, Donahue R, Gill TM, Nie H, Ron D, Janak PH. . Addic Biol. Alpha4 subunit-containing GABA(A) receptors in the accumbens shell contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol. 2012; 17:309-21.
      10. Wang J, Ben Hamida S, Darcq E, Zhu W, Gibb SL, Lanfranco MF, Carnicella S and Ron D. J Neurosci. Ethanol-mediated facilitation of AMPA receptor function in the dorsomedial striatum: Implications for alcohol drinking behavior. 2012; 32:15124-15132.
      11. Ben Hamida S, Neasta J, Lasek AW, Kharazia V, Zou M, Carnicella S, Janak PH, Ron D. J Neurosci. The small G protein H-Ras in the mesolimbic system is a molecular gateway to alcohol-seeking and excessive drinking behaviors. 2012; 32:15849-15858.
      12. Gibb SL, Ben Hamida S, Lanfranco MF, Ron D. J Neurochem. Ethanol-induced increase in Fyn kinase activity in the dorsomedial striatum is associated with subcellular redistribution of protein tyrosine phosphatase alpha. 2011; 119:879-89.
      13. Gibb SL, Hamida SB, Lanfranco MF, Ron D. . J Neurochem. Ethanol-induced increase in Fyn kinase activity in the dorsomedial striatum is associated with subcellular redistribution of protein tyrosine phosphatase alpha. 2011; 119:879-89.
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