Rachel Branco

Assistant Teaching Professor

229C Jordan Hall Of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Year Title
2018-present Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame
2018 Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Emory University
2013 M.S. in Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht
2012 B.S. in Neuroscience, Baylor University

Selected Awards

2013-2018   Emory Woodruff Fellowship

2012-2013   Fulbright Fellowship

2012   Senior Outstanding Student in Neuroscience, Baylor University

Selected Publications

  • Branco, R. C.; Goodson, H. V. and Jonasson, E. M. "Teaching Protein-Ligand Interactions using a Case Study on Tau in Alzheimer's Disease" 2022 Journal of Chemical Education, 99 (8), pp.3064-3067. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c00280.
  • Branco, R. C.; Burkett, J. P.; Black, C. A.; Winokur, E.; Elsworth, W.; Dhamsania, R. K.; Lohr, K. M.; Schroeder, J. P.; Weinshenker, D.; Jovanovic, T. and Miller, G. W. "Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 Mediates Fear Behavior in Mice" 2020 Genes Brain and Behavior, 19 (5), e12634. DOI: 10.1111/gbb.12634.
  • Manvich, D. F.; Petko, A. K.; Branco, R. C.; Foster, S. L.; Porter-Stransky, K. A.; Stout, K. A.; Newman, A. H.; Miller, G. W.; Paladini, C. A. and Weinshenker, D. "Selective D-2 and D-3 Receptor Antagonists Oppositely Modulate Cocaine Responses in Mice Via Distinct Postsynaptic Mechanisms in Nucleus Accumbens" 2019 Neuropsychopharmacology, 44 (8), pp.1445-1455. DOI: 10.1038/s41386-019-0371-2.
  • Cliburn, R. A.; Dunn, A. R.; Stout, K. A.; Hoffman, C. A.; Lohr, K. M.; Bernstein, A. I.; Winokur, E. J.; Burkett, J.; Schmitz, Y.; Caudle, W. M. and Miller, G. W. "Immunochemical Localization of Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 (VMAT2) in Mouse Brain" 2017 Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 83 pp.82-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2016.11.003.
  • Stout, K. A.; Dunn, A. R.; Lohr, K. M.; Alter, S. P.; Cliburn, R. A.; Guillot, T. S. and Miller, G. W. "Selective Enhancement of Dopamine Release in the Ventral Pallidum of Methamphetamine-Sensitized Mice" 2016 ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 7 (10), pp.1364-1373. DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.6b00131.