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Vanya Quinones-Jenab
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212.772.4640
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph. D., Rutgers University
Training Area: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Interests: Molecular Neurobiology of Drug Abuse
Research Focus: Neuroscience
A major aim of Dr. Quinones’s laboratory is to understand the molecular bases that contribute to drug addiction and perception of pain.  Specifically, using a multi-disciplinary approach --that ranges from behavioral responses to molecular responses-- her group is trying to understand (1) neurological mechanisms that underlie sex differences in cocaine abuse and dependence and (2) the role of gender and endogenous sex hormones in acute and inflammatory pain responses. Dr. Quinones-Jenab has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles.  Furthermore, for more than 10 years she was the PI of the NIMH COR program (a training program aimed at fostering research training in mental health-related research). She also had 17 PhD students who graduated and also served as mentor to more than 20 undergraduates in her group—most of whom have gone on to graduate programs. For 3 years Dr. Quinones was the program head for the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Doctoral Program.  She is also the Director of MIDARP at Hunter and co-Director of BP-ENDURE, both programs are training initiative for students of diverse population.