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 BiologyNeuroscience


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

Dominique Ameroso, PhD Student in Neuroscience Send an e-mail Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


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

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research