Elizabeth Byrnes, PhD


Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences



BA, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
PhD, Neuroscience, Ohio State University
Postdoctoral Training, Ohio State University; Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine


Campus: Grafton
Laboratory: Peabody Pavillion

Contact Information

Office Phone: 508-839-7970
Lab Phone: 508-839-7974
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications 

Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

Our lab uses preclinical modeling of neurological disorders to identify epigenetic modifications impacting both symptom severity and long-term outcomes. We are particularly interested in effects that are age- and/or sex-specific as well as effects that can be passed on to future generations (i.e. transgenerational epigenetic effects). Much of our work focuses on substance use disorders with a primary focus on opioids. Other more recent areas of interest include studies examining sex-specific neural modifications following ischemic stroke with a focus on changes that may play a role in the development of post-stroke depression.


Lab Members

Trevor Patton, Research Technician  Send an e-mail
Christopher Schonhoff, Research Assistant Professor  Send an e-mail
Delaney Teceno, Research Technician  Send an e-mail
Anika Toorie, Postdoctoral Scholar  Send an e-mail 
Fair Vassoler, Research Assistant Professer Send an e-mail 

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development