Maribel Rios, PhD


Associate Professor of Neuroscience



BA, Psychology, Boston University
PhD, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Sackler School, Tufts University
Postdoctoral Training, MIT


Campus: Boston
Office: Stearns 326
Laboratory: Stearns 324

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-2748
Lab Phone: 617-636-3516
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Neuroscience


Research Synopsis

Our laboratory uses molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological, behavioral and genetic tools to ascertain the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the modulation of energy homeostasis and affective behavior. For this, we generate and study mice with central or site-specific deletion of the BDNF gene. Our efforts are focused on defining neural circuits in the brain modulated by BDNF to control appetite and affective states and the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the actions of this neurotrophin.


Lab Members

Jennifer Felsted, PhD Student in Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Micaella Panessiti, PhD Student in Neuroscience Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Jean Karlo Rivera Irizarry, PREP Scholar  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Application for 2016 Admission


The application deadline is December 15, 2015.