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Darlene Mitrano

Darlene Mitrano

Associate Professor

Forbes Hall 3008
(757) 594-8632


  • Ph D in Pharmacology, Emory University
  • BS in Psychology, Washington and Lee University


My teaching interests include biology, including cell and molecular biology and have previously taught animal biology. I also love teaching neuroscience classes, specifically Neuroanatomy and classes related to neuroscience at the cellular level and how drugs can manipulate the brain's cells-neurons


My research interests focus on the neural correlates of neural disorders, including drug addiction and Alzheimer's disease (AD). I look at receptors and other markers in the brain that have implicated in addiction and AD.


I obtained my BS in Psychology from Washington & Lee University in 2002 where I was first exposed to neuroscience. I completed a senior project and this is where my love of being at a small liberal arts school and being able to to do research began. I went to Emory University to obtain my PhD in Molecular & Systems Pharmacology where I focused on localizing a class of glutamate receptors in brain regions associated with reward. In 2008 I began a postdoc in the FIRST (Fellowships in Research & Science Teaching) program at Emory. I began to hone my teaching skills while continuing to stay in the area of drug abuse research, but now with a focus on dopamine and noradrenergic receptors. I was a lecturer for a year in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University before I started in August of 2012 at CNU.

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Noradrenergic transmission at alpha1-adrenergic receptors in the ventral periaqueductal gray modulates arousal.. Biological Psychiatry.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018 ). α1b-Adrenergic Receptor Localization and Relationship to the D1-Dopamine Receptor in the Rat Nucleus Accumbens. Neuroscience.
  • Conference Proceeding
    (2016 ). Effects of methylene blue on the onset and progression of behavioral deficits in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer Disease. Virginia Academy of Science. Volume, 67. Issue, 1and2. Pages, 99.
  • Conference Proceeding
    (2016 ). Neuropathological effects of methylene blue on the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease in a transgenic mouse model. Virginia Academy of Science. Volume, 67. Issue, 1and2. Pages, 99 - 100.
  • Samuel Houle, Benjamin Genovese, Ronald Quinlan, Lisa Webb, Darlene Mitrano, Society for Neuroscience 2018, "Determining the fatty acid/lipid profiles of 3xTg-AD mice in plasma and in red blood cell membranes.," San Diego, CA. (2018)
  • Darlene Mitrano, "Norepinephrine-dopamine interactions underlying arousal.," Sponsored by National Institutes of Health

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